Howard Finster Offset Lithograph on Paper "Coke Bottle"
A limited edition offset lithograph on paper Coke Bottle by famed folk artist Reverend William Howard Finster (American, 1916-2001), published in 1989. Depicted is a large Coca-Cola bottle filled with figural elements and writings about Coke rendered in simple forms and plain colors. Signed in graphite to the lower right. Numbered edition 150 of 1200 to the lower left. Mounted to foam core and wrapped in acetate.
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.
- tear in the acetate to the lower left and soiling to that ope area; dents to the corners of the board; minor discoloration to the bottom.
- measures the mounting; print size 12.5" W x 36" H.