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Artist:
John William ("Uncle Jack") Dey, born Phoebus, VA 1912-died Richmond, VA 1978  Search this
Medium:
enamel on masonite
Dimensions:
18 3/4 x 30 3/4 in. (47.6 x 78.1 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Folk Art
Date:
1970s
Luce Center Label:
In this painting, "Uncle Jack" Dey has created a brightly colored, imaginative scene by taking animals from different parts of the world and placing them in the same setting. Despite the somewhat whimsical title, the unusually large crows circling overhead and the elephant charging at the man give the painting an ominous feeling. Dey traced the crows, rabbits, and deer onto the canvas with a template, which accounts for their precise shape and size. The log cabin in the background and tree stumps in the foreground recall the artist's days as a lumberjack in Maine.
Topic:
Animal\bird  Search this
Figure male\full length  Search this
Animal\elephant  Search this
Landscape\plant\watermelon  Search this
Architecture Exterior\domestic\house  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David L. Davies
Object number:
1992.37.5
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1992.37.5