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[Lady with Red Hat]

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Reverend John Hunter
Wood (planks, log) Cord Buttons (24 chest, 2 ears, 2 hands) Painted Nails (common nails, box nails)
c 1980
The object is a sculpture of a lady standing upright, wearing
a three row button up shirt, green skirt and red hat, while
holding onto a silver purse.
The artist creates a female wooden figure adorned with gold accents, a hat, and purse. The figure is freestanding and painted to highlight each bodily extremity.
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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