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Hunter, John ("J. L"), Reverend, 1905-1999
wood paint paint glue sawdust metal
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c. 1980
Hunter creates his interpretation of the Statue of Liberty, an international sign of freedom, with a predominately square figure that has a raised right arm. The red tip at the top of the arm most likely symbolizes her torch.
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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