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Myrtice West
This tiny woman, born in 1923 & raised in rural Alabama, lived through a lifetime of troubles and still kept going strong. The tragic loss of her dear daughter may have been the most dramatic event of many. As Myrtice and her husband Wallace dealt with their grief and prepared to raise their daughter’s two children, Myrtice turned to her Christian faith for comfort and guidance. It was then that she began the massive paintings of Biblical scenes for which she has become famous. She said she received a vision one night and her hand was moved to paint. Working every day over a seven year period, Myrtice completed a set of thirteen paintings illustrating the Book of Revelation, which were later documented in the book “Wonders to Behold: The Visionary Art of Myrtice West.” Myrtice continued to paint Biblical scenes, memory paintings of her early life, birdhouses, angel cutouts, and an occasional political portrait for the rest of her long life. She always welcomed visitors to her house on Main Street in the small town of Centre, Alabama. Myrtice suffered a stroke and passed away on April 12, 2010.
CRUCIFIXION
16" x 20"
SOLD
Centre, AL
THE SNEAD HOMEPLACE
24" x 18"
$300
THE SNEAD GROCERY
20" x 16"
SOLD
COTTON PATCH
16" x 20"
SOLD
JESUS OUTSIDE JERUSALEM
32" x 26"
SOLD
CAIN AND ABEL
33" x 43"
please check availability
20" Angel Cutouts
$50 each
See more photos of Myrtice
on our Flickr site:
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SATAN ATTACKS THE MOTHER OF JESUS
54" x 34"
oil paint and glitter on salvage cloth
hand-framed using salvage window screen
sorry - no longer available
This is a large and beautiful early piece by Myrtice. It is one of the few that she was able to save when her house burned down. It was painted on the reverse of a large scrap of cloth. You can see the pattern of the material on the back of the painting. The frame was handmade by Myrtice and her husband Wallace from the frame of an old wooden window screen. The cloth wraps around the frame and Myrtice painted her signature angels all around. The wooden strip that stretches the cloth is covered with glitter. To hang the painting Myrtice just left the metal hinges from the window screen on the back and added a coat hanger.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
43" x 43"
please check availability
JESUS CALLS HIS CHURCH
33" x 43"
please check availability
Myrtice signs a copy of "Wonders To Behold"
for a fan.
NOAH AFTER THE FLOOD
16" x 20"
$300
ADAM & EVE
16" x 20"
SOLD
MARY
16" x 20"
$150
ANGEL CUTOUTS
Once she got her saw working, Myrtice "got busy" painting some angels. These were cut from scrap wood using a band saw then painted on both sides. There is a nail hole for a string to hang. We have large ones, small ones, in diapers, in robes, in dresses... Many have a red outfit on one side & yellow on the other. All are signed somewhere, even though it may not show up in the images.
Many similar, but none the same - just like real angels!
6" Angels
$15 each
13" Angels
$40 each
10" Angels
$25 each
please check availabilty
Myrtice West
1927 - 2010
Gone From This World
We cannot be sad that Myrtice has left us because she was so happy to go.
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