Smith's love for Jesus was present throughout her environment. She painted numerous portraits of him and conceived a variety of ways to depict the Christian Trinity. Religious iconography appeared in abstracted form all along her fence. Many of her paintings are like expressionistic Byzantine icons. An old board, a chrome circle, and a square piece of tin painted with the word HE became one of the most unusual images of Jesus ever created.


  • Title: HE
  • Creator: Mary T. Smith
  • Creator Lifespan: 1905/1995
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Creator Death Place: Hazlehurst, Mississippi
  • Creator Birth Place: Hazlehurst, Mississippi
  • Date Created: c. 1980
  • Location Created: Hazlehurst, Mississippi
  • Physical Dimensions: 61 x 16 1/2 in. (154.9 x 41.9 cm)
  • Subject Keywords: Jesus Christ, Black art, African American art
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: © Mary T. Smith / Photo: Stephen Pitkin, Pitkin Studio
  • External Link: https://www.soulsgrowndeep.org/artist/mary-t-smith
  • Medium: Tire rim, tin, paint, nails, wood

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