Time Travel Tuesday

Time Travel Tuesday: Howard Finster


Image via Chat­tooga County web­site.

I find a lot of inspi­ra­tion from my Pin­ter­est feed, and today’s Time Travel Tues­day is no dif­fer­ent. Janna shared a piece by Howard Fin­ster, an Amer­i­can folk artist.

Howard was a “born again” Bap­tist at the age of 13, and began to preach the word of God when he was just 16. He was a pas­tor until 1940 until he began purs­ing art full time. He cre­ated a cou­ple of muse­ums in Geor­gia, includ­ing the Gar­den Park Museum and the Plant Farm Museum (once he ran out of land for Gar­den Park). The Plant Farm fea­tured Bible verses on attrac­tions to help peo­ple remem­ber them better.

As he was repair­ing a bike tire one day, Howard had a vision from God telling him that he needed to paint sacred art. He was to cre­ate 5,000 (!!) works. His sub­ject ranged from Elvis, George Wash­ing­ton, UFOs, and more. He gained noto­ri­ety for his works, and even col­lab­o­rated with the band REM on their sec­ond album, Reck­on­ing. Since then, his work has appeared on mag­a­zines and more album covers.

finster2Image via Sil­ver Birch Press.

finster3Image via High Museum of Art.

finster4Image via Glit­ter Gallery.

finster5Image via The Cricket Chirps.

finster6Image via Chicago Art Mag­a­zine.



1 Comment

  • Reply jek June 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    If you ever get the chance to travel, Rev­erend Finster’s Gar­dens are open to the pub­lic though may not be open long due to flood­ing. The Par­adise gar­dens are in Sum­merville, Ga and the art there is astounding!

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