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Hunter, John ("J. L"), Reverend, 1905-1999
wood, paint, and hot-melt adhesive
National Origin:
c. 1980
The object is a wooden artifact of an abstract depiction of an
eagle. The eagle is colored golden, white, and red, and
shown in mid-flight supported by an octagonal base with an
erect plank.
Using a minimalist approach to found object sculpture, Hunter relies on basic geometric shapes and contour lines to give this eagle form.
Believing his true work to be ministry Reverend Johnnie L. Hunter served as the senior pastor of True Light Baptist Church in Dallas for 31 years. Though he viewed his artwork as secondary, Rev. Hunter is considered by some to be the last of the celebrated southern Black carvers born at the turn of the century. Using scrap lumber and tree branches Hunter creates colorful sculptures using a knife, saw, hammer, nails, glue, paint, and glitter. He also has a signature technique of burning the final details into the wood with an ice pick that has been heated over a flame. Hunter's figures range from biblical characters to gunfighters and can be found in private collections around the country.
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