Prophet Royal Robertson (1936-1997) covered every inch of his Baldwin, Louisiana home and yard with hand-made signs and apocalyptic paintings. A self-proclaimed prophet, Robertson experienced powerful visions and hallucinations of space travel, fantastical cities, alien technology, atomic war and Godzilla-like monsters on a daily basis, all of which he meticulously rendered in drawings and paintings. Royal also believed that he was visited by angels, "Guidian Spirits" [sic], space aliens and God, who would sometimes pick him up in a "flying dish" to take him on visits to other worlds. Obsessive hand-written text and detailed borders surrounded the imagery of his drawings to further amplify the experiences and visions that he was trying to convey and document.
Following a divorce from his wife, Adell, who became both his muse and dark obsession when she left him and moved to Texas with their thirteen children, Royal began an incredibly prolific artistic output while living in complete isolation from the world around him. Formerly a sign painter, Royal created multiple walls of signs to surround his home and provide physical protection from the "whoremongers," "con artists" and other sinners that he believed wished to do him harm. These weather-beaten signs warned “ALL CRAZY PERSONS KEEP OFF LOT," “NO DIVORCED WHORES ALLOWED" and forecasted the "END OF THE WORLD."
Inside his home, shrines to his beloved and despised ex-wife, Adell, came into focus along with hundreds of poster-board drawings and paintings of future cities, weapons, space-autos, architectural plans, aliens, UFOs and couples engaged in sex. On the backsides of some of these artworks, he kept detailed calendars that chronicled his daily woes and dreams. These works were displayed on every available surface of his home including the ceiling. Referencing sources as disparate as the Bible, science fiction magazines, pornography and cheap tabloid newspapers, his work manages to graphically illustrate his tormented and profoundly creative mind.