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William Alvin Blayney
Mural No. GU-43752 (All Rights Reserved)
1969, 1971
oil, ink, and pencil on masonite
37 1/4 x 24 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment



A Pentecostal evangelist, Blayney used his depictions of fantastical monsters, heaven and hell, and angels and devils to express his passionate concern about the world's moral decay. This panel incorporates references to St. John's vision on the island of Patmos as well as Blayney's cryptic prophetic vocabulary. Huge red and white copyright symbols and warnings of "All Rights Reserved" may indicate that, while Blayney did not doubt his eventual salvation, he felt the need to protect himself on earth.