W. C. Rice

W. C. Rice ,visionary folk figure, was born on February 20, 1930 in Bibb County, Alabama. Rev. Rice was, by his own appraisal, not an artist but a born again man on a mission to save souls and warn others of the dangers of sinful living. His “Miracle Cross Garden” just outside Prattville, Alabama is legendary, filled with rough wood crosses and hand lettered signs with religious sayings, red paint symbolizing the blood of Jesus, and biblical admonitions such as “Hell is hot, hot, hot” which he placed for passing motorists to see and repent. He began erecting his first crosses in 1976 after receiving instructions from God to erect three wooden crosses as a permanent tribute to his recently deceased mother. His crosses and signs were included in the exhibition “Self Made World”, Visionary Folk Art Environments in 1998 given by the Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Pennsylvania and he is listed in numerous publications such as “Revelations, Alabama’s Visionary Folk Artists”, Kemp and Boyer and “Outsider Artists in Alabama”, Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Reverend Rice passed away on January 18, 2004 at 4:50 P.M. leaving a rich legacy for future generations to ponder.

All of the crosses and signs shown here came directly from Reverend Rice before his death in exchange for donations to his work. According to Mrs. Rice, the small white crosses with just Reverend Rice's signature and no inscription are some of his earliest showing the blood of Christ.

"Jesus Loves You"


#KG-1733

sign on wood,

weathered

from outdoor exposure

 

23 3/4" x 23"

$550

 

"Heaven Are Hell"


KG-1701

sign on tin, normal wear

from outdoor exposure

23 1/2" x 13 1/4"

$450

"Rice Cross Garden"


KG-1702


paint on tin, wear from outdoor exposure, the red paint signifies the blood of Christ


13 1/2" x 11 1/4"

$425

"Hell is Hot Repent"


KG-1703


paint on wood,

natural wear from outdoor exposure

18" x 11 1/2"

$425

"Repent Hell is Hot Hot"


KG-1704


paint on wood, wear from outdoor exposure,

22 1/2" x 6 1/2"

$425

"Jesus Saves Repent"

Cross


KG-1705


paint on wood, wear from outdoor exposure, the red painted letters signify the blood of Christ


19 1/2" x 19 1/2"

$500

"Jesus Saves"

Cross

KG-1706

blue painted letters on wood, natural wear from outdoor exposure

11 1/2" x 13 1/4" (h)

$400

"Repent Jesus"

KG-1707

paint on wood, wear from outdoor exposure, red letters represent the blood of Christ
13 1/2" x 18" (h)

$450

Reverse

"Jesus Loves You"
Confederate Flag

KG-1715


painted sign on wood, natural wear from outdoor exposure

Reverse side

"Jesus Will Help You"

13 7/8" x 11 1/8"

$475

"Hell Is HOT HOT"


KG-1719


paint on tin, normal wear from outdoor exposure


21 1/2" x 24 3/4"

$550

                     

"Holy Trinity"


KG-1720


paint on tin, wear from outdoor exposure


27" x 23"

SOLD

"Repent Hell Is Hot

Jesus Will Help You"


KG-1716


paint on cut out wood, some wear from outdoor exposure


19 1/2" x 19"

$500

Early Cross


KG-1713


paint on wood, some wear from outdoor exposure

red paint signifies the blood of Christ
15 1/4" x 15 1/4"

$450

Early Cross


KG-1714


paint on wood, wear from outdoor exposure

red paint signifies the blood

of Christ


14 1/4" x 17"

$400

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