© Howard Finster / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Cut out image of man wearing a black and white hat and purple shirt, writing along lower edge
One of the better-known self-taught artists, Finster’s work is filled with religious overtones and repetitive themes such as handwritten phrases and careful numbering and dating. This portrait of country music legend Hank Williams is numbered “15.000.220” and dated “June-26-1990.10:40:PM.” Finster considered himself a minister and felt he had a very personal and close relationship with God, which he frequently expressed through his art. The artist was also fascinated by celebrity and created many works, such as this one, that treated heroes of pop culture in a similar fashion to his treatment of religious icons.
Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue Entry
Written by: Andrew Glasgow
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