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John William "Uncle Jack" Dey
Acupuncture Pitchfork Style
about 1974
model airplane enamel on wood
23 x 36 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Dey acquired the affectionate nickname "Uncle Jack" from neighborhood children during his thirteen years on the Richmond, Virginia, police force. Shortly after leaving the force he began painting real life stories and imaginary adventures. He often pictured people he disliked being gored by pitchforks or spears. The hovering black crows lend a menacing aura to the idyllic landscape in which the deed is performed.