Howard Finster (1916 – 2001)

Rev. Howard Finster, one of the world’s most renown visionary folk artists was born December, 2, 1916 in Valley Head, Alabama. Much has been written about this legendary visionary artist whose first vision occurred at age three. Turn to any reference book on folk art, including the “Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists” by Rosenak and his life is chronicled there. Visionary artist, preacher, creator of “Paradise Gardens” Rev. Finster embarked on his personal, lifelong quest to cut, paint and draw as much sacred biblical art as humanly possible. He meticulously chronicled each piece of his art - signing, numbering and dating each as it was completed. His journey sadly ended with his death on October 23, 2001. Rev. Finster’s colorful, intricate paintings, cut-outs with bible passages or current events and writings are shown and collected world wide.

Some Permanent Collections include:
Smithsonian Institution
Museum of American Folk Art
Museum of International Folk Art
American Visionary Art Museum
Library of Congress

 

Front

Detail

 

Reverse inscription:

"The whole world for you and me

To look upon and see The blue sky with

no end. Don't haft to stay to gain.

Kind words Fill the air

Angels every where Holy Mana food for all.

Some short some tall No body stands

with their back to the wall.

You just launge out on ground

or in the air like butter flyes. Every where.

Its heaven all around music in holy sounds.

Some play. Some shout No one ever pouts.

Its all glory. In this fair land.

Praising God and shaking hands.

For the same thing they all stand

in the presence of the Son of Man"

A beautiful, spiritually uplifting original

Howard Finster painting on wood

marker pen, pen and sign paint

#31.000.650.works of art

"Grosman Road-Visions of Other Worlds"

16" x 20"

Excellent provenance

beginning with the artist

Front inscription in part:

"Oh the beauty comes before you just keep walking on seeing new things makes you at home. Love and smiles comes over and over like bees huming in clover as a fresh spring day. On and on all the way new thing straight ahead like gathering holy bread. Ever where is home no one is alone you can't get lost ever where is home from the ground to the top dome. Nov-17-1993"

 

SOLD

“Time Grows Shorter By The Hour”
10 ½” x 7 ½”
painting on wood from 1998, scripture on back, signed and numbered
SOLD

“1:19 Past Midnight”
16” x 11 ½”
signed and numbered silkscreen 78/79
framed and signed on reverse by Howard Finster
$850

“The Good Shepard”
7 ½” x 4” x 9 ¾” (h)
painted wood cut-out, signed front and back,
dated May 4, 1999 includes picture of Rev. Finster holding the piece

SOLD

“Jesus”
28” x 10 ¾”
signed and numbered lithograph
will ship rolled in tube
SOLD

“Lords Last Supper”
20 ¼” x 36 ¾”
signed and numbered lithograph
will ship rolled in tube
SOLD

“When I Sing”
22” x 22” paper size
28" x 28" framed size
1999 signed limited edition lithograph,
Archival double mat with black wood frame
$750

(available unframed for $500)

“Angel”
9 ½” x 9 ½” x 3 ¾”
painted wood cut-out
dated Aug. 26, 1998
SOLD

“Eagle”
9 ¼” x 9” x 3 ¾”
painted wood cut-out
dated Oct. 29, 1998
$495

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