William Blayney (1918 - 1986): Paintings of an ordained Pentecostal minister who preached from his Winnebago in the parking lots of Pennsylvania malls.


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William A. Blayney was born in Western Pennsylvania at Claysville on December 21, 1918. He had a natural talent for drawing at a grade school and drew cartoon-like figures and sayings on bomber planes while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Honorably discharged in 1945, Blayney drove heavy equipment vehicles and ran an auto body and engine repair shop.



Blayney became increasingly interested in studying the Bible and attended Bible meetings conducted by local TV evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman. Blayney suddenly started to paint in 1957, at the same time that he became immersed in the Bible. He felt he had a mission to preach, he began to paint the intense religious works which express his concern with the decline of morals in the world. His paintings express the redemptive power of God as revealed by the Hebrew prophet Daniel while held captive in Babylon in the Old Testament and of the Holy Trinity in the New Testament's book of Revelations. He was ordained in 1969 in the Pentecostal Ministry by the laying on of hands. When Blayney died in 1985.

William Blayney's art is now in the collection of The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, The American Folk Art Museum in New York, and The Museum of Everything, London UK.

William Blayney's works were included in exhibitons at the Newark Museum, The American Folk Art Museum, The Philadelphia Museum, The Morbid Anatomy Museum and Stephen Romano Gallery in New York.

All images courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery, New York

Ministry in Prophetic Art 1970

verso Paradise c 1970

Double Ring Wedding 1974


Lap, Table, Easel, Drawing Board 1971

Prophetic Gospel Ministry Symbols 1972


Murals 1972

Part One Sequence of Mural 1981

The Lord's Prayer 1981




God's Throne in Heaven 1969



The Natural Rights of Man, no date

Babylon Kingdon, no date


Reve 12: 5 - 5 (Cross with Fallen Angel) 1962

Jesus Saves 1970


Rev 6.5 1962

Death Fell 1962

The Cosmic Eye 1962


God Our Father 1982



1st and 2nd wonder Revelation 1969


Verso 1st and 2nd wonder Revelation 1969


Bible, History and Symbols 1972


Verso: The Reapers 1972


Rev. 9: 1 - 11 no date



Death on a Horse, No date


8th Beat of Revelations 1964





Untitled Map, no date.


7th Seal 1963

Eternal Lake of Fire 1981


Whore On Beast, no date

Beast That (Whore on Beast) No Date


Revelation of US America 1961

Pegan Roman Kingdom 1961


There Should Be Time No Longer 1970