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Mural No. GU-43752 (All Rights Reserved)

1969 William Alvin Blayney Born: Claysville, Pennsylvania 1917 Died: Thomas, Oklahoma 1986 oil, pen, and pencil on masonite 37 1/4 x 24 3/4 in. (94.6 x 62.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.6 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 22B


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This painting depicts events from the Revelation of Saint John the Divine, the last book of the New Testament that recounts his vision of the Apocalypse. William Alvin Blayney was a Pentecostal minister who filled his paintings with images from the Bible, as well as supernatural creatures from his own imagination (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990). He created a unique language of symbols, numbers, and phrases that evokes the Pentecostal practice of “speaking in tongues.”

Keywords

Emblem - cross

Fantasy - dragon

Figure group

Religion - angel

Religion - Christianity

painting

folk art

ink

paint - oil

pencil

fiberboard - masonite

About William Alvin Blayney

Born: Claysville, Pennsylvania 1917 Died: Thomas, Oklahoma 1986

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