Rev HOWARD FINSTER (2016-2001)
The Most Prolific Artist That Ever Lived!
GODFATHER OF FOLK ART
Grandfather of Southern Folk Art
Andy Warhol of the South.
Howard Finster was a Baptist Minister for over 40 years. One Sunday evening service he ask his congregation what he had preached about that morning…. nobody remembered. Later the LORD told Howard to paint “SACRED ART” so his sermons could reach greater audiences. He promised the LORD he’d paint 5000 pieces of art based on the Bible, American History and Popular Culture. He did….then decided on 10,000 pieces…then 20,000…etc etc. He worked day and night - going without sleep - often painting while watching TV
From 1976 (age 61) until his death 2001 he completed over 46.000. We know that’s accurate…because he numbered and dated every piece.
He is probably best known for creating his folk art environment - PARADISE GARDENS - Summerville GA. It's on the NATIONAL REGISTER of HISTORIC PLACES It's a 2-1/2 acre plot filled with thousands of cast-off items made into unique sculptures and covered with Bible verses. It’s now a public park dedicated to his life and art - it’s one of Georgia’s most visited attractions)
Finster is the most exhibited artist in the world including many Smithsonian Art Exhibits in Washington DC. He has had many books written about him.
He was a guest on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show (Google it on Youtube)
Howard painted a 13’ tall Coca-Cola bottle for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
He painted many Album Covers for REM, Talking Heads, Blackhawk, etc. That included his Talking Heads 1985 Rolling Stone Album Cover of the Year
Sheila and I were privileged to know him, and we're
extremely honored to have been married by him.
Here we are at the Gardens (2014) in front of a sign I made for Howard
a couple years before we even met him...he married us in 1996./
If you want more info on this amazing man....
Google: Rev HOWARD FINSTER...or...FINSTERS PARADISE GARDENS
The Thing That Makes Art Valuable is Not Only the Piece Itself,
But the Person Who Made It!