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Acupuncture Pitchfork Style

ca. 1974 John William ("Uncle Jack") Dey Born: Phoebus, Virginia 1912 Died: Richmond, Virginia 1978 model airplane enamel on wood 23 x 36 in. (58.5 x 91.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.12 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 22A


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In this painting, "Uncle Jack" Dey combined his memories of the Maine landscape with imagined characters to create a surreal, confusing world. A man with a ladle hangs from a kite string over a vat of "Mince Pie Mix with Rum," while a woman in a short blue dress attacks him with a pitchfork. Dey filled the sky with blackbirds to emphasize the ominous activities of this woman and her "exotic pies." (Tom Patterson, Contemporary Folk Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2001)

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Animal - bird

Animal - horse

Architecture Exterior - domestic - farm house

Figure group

Landscape - farm

Object - other - sign

painting

folk art

paint - enamel

wood

About John William ("Uncle Jack") Dey

Born: Phoebus, Virginia 1912 Died: Richmond, Virginia 1978

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