J.B. Murray

J. B. Murray (1908-1988) was an African American farmer who lived in rural Glascock County, Georgia. In his later years (at around the age of 70), Murray began experiencing hallucinatory visions and communications from God. During his first visionary trance, he described the sun descending down from the sky and into his yard while he was watering his vegetable garden. "After that," he told the artist, Judith McWillie, "The eagle crossed my eye, a spiritual eagle. You know the eagle can see farther than any other bird in the world, and that's why I can see things some more folks can't."

 

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Tempera, marker, crayon and ink on paper
23.75 x 18 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
watercolor and marker on paper
17 x 14 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Marker, ink and crayon on paper
17 x 14 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Tempera, marker, crayon and ink on paper
23.75 x 18 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Tempera and marker on paper
14 x 10.75 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Tempera and ink on paper
25 x 19 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Marker and ink on paper
14 x 11 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Tempera and marker on paper
24 x 19 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Tempera and marker on paper
24 x 18 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Tempera, marker and ink on paper
24 x 19 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Tempera and marker on paper
24 x 19 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Tempera and graphite on paper
24 x 18 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Tempera and marker on paper
18 x 12 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Marker on paper
11 x 8.5 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Tempera on paper
25 x 19 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Marker and ink on paper
10.5 x 8.5 in.

Untitled
c. 1978 - 1988
Paint and marker on paper
14 x 11 in.