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Howard Finster Etching on Paper "Queen Henrietta"

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A limited edition etching on paper titled Queen Henrietta by famed folk artist Reverend William Howard Finster (American, 1916-2001), executed in the mid 1980s. Depicted is a female figure rendered in black lines, detailed patterns, and intertwined figural scenes and text. Signed to the lower right, titled to the lower left, and numbered edition 20 of 100 to the lower center. Presented with a white mounting, under glass, and housed in a wood frame.

This print is a very fine example of Finster’s Queen Henrietta. Without the tools necessary at Paradise Garden, he would have executed and published this print at a University or establishment with a printing press. An edition of 100, this example is one of the very few that have ever been offered.

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.


27.5" W x 34.5" H x 1.5" D

- measures the frame; print size 17.5" W x 23.75" H.

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