Jon McNaughton

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Jon McNaughton is an artist living in Utah. Having received a BFA from Brigham Young University, he has been painting for 25 years. [1] Since 2009, he has churned out absurd paintings depicting the Founding Fathers as devout Christians, and several paintings highly critical of Barack Obama.[2]

Through his website, he sells original paintings, giclée prints (frame optional), and t-shirts.[3]

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[edit] Paintings

American Solider: Represents the modern American soldier. With "King" written on his body armour, he also fills in for Martin Luther King Jr., because we can't have two black guys standing next to each other. That'd be a mob.

—A slightly different take on McNaughton's One Nation Under God.[4]

Mr. McNaughton's website helpfully explains every last scrap of symbolism in his artwork, leaving nothing to chance, or interpretation. His most famous is perhaps One Nation Under God, depicting Jesus surrounded by a range of patriotic figures and liberal bogeymen, along with some figures representing real Americans.[5] This spawned its own parody, entitled One Nation Under Cthulu, which does exactly as it says on the tin[6] and a rewording of McNaughton's "interpretation", which takes a far sharper tone against the conservative sentiment of the original.[4]

Mr. McNaughton's "Patriotic" art is of a "libertarian" bent. His paintings, The Forgotten Man and The Empowered Man, associate Barack Obama with a number of American presidents McNaughton believes hurt the US through out-of-control spending and stifling regulation. Opposing this group of scoundrels are the heroes McNaughton imagines to be true patriot Christians. Oddly, this latter group includes Thomas Jefferson, who was so devout, he removed the miracles from the gospels.[7] After bigging it up as "the one painting that says it all" on his Facebook page, and dropping hints and small samples of it, he eventually released Obamanation, which was over-the-top even by McNaughton's own standards, so full of unrelated objects and persons as to be surreal.[8]

The most blatantly partisan painting is One Nation Under Socialism, a depiction of President Obama burning the Constitution.[9]

Aside from glorified political cartoons, Mr. McNaughton produces pleasant landscapes and "uplifting" religious art. It is possible he uses his more controversial paintings for publicity.

[edit] Patronage, or lack thereof

After inviting Mr. McNaughton onto his show to discuss One Nation Under Socialism, Sean Hannity decided to buy the original painting for six figures.[10]

McNaughton's One Nation Under God was removed from the bookstore at his alma mater, Brigham Young University. McNaughton assumed something was wrong with the people he made uncomfortable, rather than admit his artwork was seriously over the top.[11]

[edit] Political views

Jon McNaughton maintains a blog, where he proudly talks about his art. His paintings are about as subtle as a sledgehammer to the knee, but McNaughton feels the need to explain his politics anyway.

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. One Nation Under God, the Video!.
  2. McNaugton Fine Art's Patriotic Gallery. See for yourself.
  3. McNaughton Gift Shop, Nothing more American that that.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Short Packed - One Nation Under God (rewording)
  5. One Nation Under God. Yes, he thinks the US Constitution was "inspired by God".
  6. One Nation Under Cthulu
  7. The Forgotten Man. It's a Miracle! FDR can walk!.
  8. McNaughton Art - Obamanation
  9. One Nation Under Socialism. So much for subtlety.
  10. Sean Hannity Breaks the Bank for Insane Anti-Obama Painting, It seems money can't buy good taste.
  11. Artist Jon McNaughton pulls political, religious art from BYU Bookstore, Deseret News, April 27 2011
  12. Blog entry 4.12.2012, From McNaughton's blog.
  13. Blog Entry 4.08.2012, McNaughton's Blog.
  14. Blog entry 5.15.2012, McNaughton's blog.
  15. Blog entry 11.11.2012, McNaughton's blog.
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