Howard Finster Shaped Wood Folk Art Sculpture "Under the Weight of this World"
Reverend Howard Finster (American, 1916 – 2001)
Under The Weight Of This World, 1990
Acrylic painting on cut wood
Signed to front and verso
Title, artist, and date on front; signature, date, and “God Bless” inscription on verso
Reverend William Howard Finster was a minister for over forty years in Alabama, the place where he was born. After retirement he moved to Summerville, Georgia, where he turned his swampland into Paradise Garden in reflection of his religious beliefs and a vision that sent him on a mission to create sacred art. Finster used oil, watercolor, lacquer and other paints on found objects and salvaged pieces of glass and cardboard to make religious folk art creations. His works have been featured on album covers for popular rock bands such as the Talking Heads which was featured as the 1985 album of the year in Rolling Stones Magazine, as well as on REM’s Reckoning album cover. Perhaps his most well known work is the eight foot tall Coca-Cola bottle commissioned for the 1996 Olympic Games global art project. Finster promised God he would create 5,000 paintings in his lifetime and in the end created 46,991 numbered pieces.
- minor wear and small places of loss and residue around edges, particularly at edges of figure’s legs.