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Howard Finster Offset Lithograph "Messenger of God," Circa 1994

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Reverend William Howard Finster (American, 1916 – 2001)
Messenger of God, circa 1994
Offset lithograph on paper
Signed to the lower right margin
Published by Gallery 721, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Publisher’s blind stamp to the lower left margin

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 Talking Heads which was featured as the 1985 album of the year in Rolling Stone 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.

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- accretions and scattered discoloration to paper margins of sheet, most heavily to the lower left and lower right.


20.25" W x 24.5" H x 0.1" D

- measurements of sheet; image measures 13.5" W x 18.5" H.

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