Prophet Royal Robertson

Royal Robertson (1936-1997) covered every inch of his Baldwin, Louisiana home and yard with hand-made signs and apocalyptic paintings. Visitors of this self-proclaimed prophet were greeted with large, weather-beaten signs warning “NO DIVORCE WHORE'S ALLOWED” (sic) and “ALL CRAZY PERSONS KEEP OFF LOT” before entering his home. Once inside, shrines to his both beloved and despised ex-wife, Adell, came into focus amid poster board renderings of future cities, space autos, couples engaged in sex, and detailed calendars chronicling his daily woes. Referencing sources as disparate as the Bible, science fiction magazines, pornography, and cheap tabloid newspapers, his work manages to graphically illustrate the daily concerns that occupied his mind, both real and imagined.

 

Artist Personal
ca. 1980
Oil enamel on metal and wood
28 x 24 x 2
in.

Untitled (The Demon's Days)
ca. 1977
Mixed media on paper
28 x 22
in.

Untitled (Under Shelter Vision of 2010)
1980
Mixed media on paper
22 x 22
in.

Untitled (The Japeness Trance), frontside
ca. 1980s
Mixed media on paper
22 x 28
in.

Untitled (The Japeness Trance), backside
ca. 1980s
Mixed media on paper
22 x 28
in.

Truth HoroscopeTest
ca. 1980s
Mixed media on paper
28 x 22
in.

Vision of Leader Royal Robertson (Front)
1983
Mixed media on paper
28 x 22
in.

Vision of Leader Royal Robertson (Back)
1983
Mixed media on paper
28 x 22
in.

Untitled (UFO with Boat)
1987
Mixed media on paper
28 x 22
in.