Finster Mixed Media
|Artist or Art Form||Howard Finster|
|Project Type||Mixed Media|
|Date of Presentation||10/27/00|
Books: Book from Westport Library was used.
Other: Real life experience visit to Finster’s home and studio by John Waski, artist and my husband
Description: Discussed the life of Reverend Howard Finster and his view of the world and showed how he put things we throw out (showed some samples of wrappers, buttons etc) and made art of it.
Presentation Time: 1 hr.
This followed the recycling curriculum of the class. The artist is not widely known but yet admired by the art world for his medium and work.
Born in 1916 in Valley Head, Alabama. There were 13 children in his family, his mother was a homemaker and father was a lumberjack and owner of a steam-powered sawmill. The family had a 42-acre farm and mother was the boss. Growing u the family wasted nothing and were independent people.
Reverend Howard Finster is a phenomenon of our time: part gifted self-taught artist, part visionary minister of the Gospel and part eccentric. His work is admired by the art world. His work is created primarily as a way of conveying religious teachings, is powerful and witty. He works with different mediums utilizing many found objects, scraps from junkyards i.e. cabinet doors to muffin tins. His sculptural environment “Paradise Garden” is where Finster built his home and studio. Many scholars, artists, collectors and art dealers are fascinated with the works of this American original!
Famous saying from Paradise Garden: “I took the pieces you threw away and put them togather by night and day, washed by rain, dried by sun, a million pieces all in one!” (misspelling, compliments of Howard Finster)
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