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[Natural Wooden Horse]

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Reverend John Hunter
wood paint varnish
c. 1980
Wooden profile of a four-legged animal resembling a horse with natural wood grain exposed.
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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