Reverend Howard Finster (American, 1916 – 2001)
Mr. Coke, The Bottom Is as Low as You Can Go, 1989
Offset lithograph on paper
Signed to the lower right
Published by Marjorie’s, Fort Payne, Alabama
From the collection of P.J. McArdle.
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.
- print wrapped in plastic on paperboard backing; marks and abrasions to plastic and backing.
- measures backing; print measures 10.25" W x 27.25" H.