Latter-day Saint painter Jon McNaughton, who promotes himself as “America’s Artist,” continues to produce paintings that are reminiscent of the propagandistic art of totalitarian regimes. For all the color McNaughton uses in his paintings, the vision of the world he presents is starkly black and white—Obama, Democrats, liberals, and progressives are all shown as being on the side of Satan while Trump, Republicans, the Founding Fathers and the common man are triumphantly on the side of God, angels, and McNaughton himself. McNaughton’s art, which he claims is inspired by the Holy Ghost seems more beholden to Fox News. McNaughton’s work isn’t simply bad art: like all propaganda, it is dangerous.
Bob Rees, Tom Rogers