Prophet William J. Blackmon

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T.L. Reid

...As an elderly evangelist who has spent much of his adult life as a street preacher, Prophet William J. Blackmon aims to evoke a strong response to his compelling religious paintings. And there can be no doubting the power and appeal of his visual messages: during the summer of 2000, at an exhibition of Blackmon's work, I watched as a young boy first studied one of the paintings, and then, with his brother, broke into a spontaneous jubilant song and improvised a dance in response to the image. Rarely have I experienced such an impromptu but sincere reaction to art.

A lively and commanding visionary sel