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Home of B. F. Perkins

© Estate of Rev. Benjamin Franklin Perkins. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Home of B. F. Perkins

Artist: Rev. Benjamin Franklin Perkins (Born in Vernon, Alabama, 1904 – 1993)
Culture: American
Date: 1992
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:
Frame: 37 x 27 x 1 inches (94 x 68.6 x 2.5 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Bruce Lineker, T'86
Label Text:Reverend Benjamin Franklin Perkins belongs to an evangelical class of Outsider artists including Howard Finster and William C. Rice. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and traveling the world as a merchant marine, Perkins returned home in 1969 and devoted himself to preaching. Perkins quickly realized art was a medium capable of taking his evangelical message far beyond his homestead.

In this painting, Perkins depicts his real-life home as a space for projecting his self-image. Here his lush, green yard leads up to a house bursting with patriotic feeling. The yard is well-kept, yet it is also occupied by an abundance of objects that set it apart from the average lawn. Jesus Saves crosses, American flags, and multiple driveways all testify to his status as a messenger of God, a protector of his country and an important man in his community. These signs of piousness, patriotic sentiment and responsible homeownership also demonstrate a perspective on religion that is common in Outsider art. For artists like Perkins, religion was not just about isolated moments of spirituality; instead religion was deeply connected to everyday life and a sense of community on both a local and national level.
Object number: 2016.7.4