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Howard Finster (1916 - 2001)

Born in rural DeKalb County Alabama on December 2nd 1916, Howard sprung into American Pop Culture in the early 1980s after appearing on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Howard played the banjo for Johnny and declared that there were only two "beauty" spots in the world, Hollywood, California and Summerville, Georgia.

Soon after this appearance, he created artwork for the album "Reckoning" by the Athens, Georgia based band R.E.M. Howard and Paradise Gardens also appear in their music video "Radio Free Europe." Howard and Micheal Stipe of R.E.M. established a close relationship and Howard created a total of three album covers for them. 

Howard and his art also appear in the REM's video "Shiny Happy People." He is the man on the bicycle that causes the background of art to scroll by.

Howard also created the cover for the Talking Heads 1985 Album "Little Creatures" which won Rolling Stone Magazine's cover of the year award.

Howard Finster is arguably the most important American Folk artist of the Twentieth Century. There are several books about Howard and he has been the subject of countless television and radio programs and magazine articles. His work is collected by virtually everyone who collects folk art.

Howard's art is owned by some of America's most prestigious museums including New York's American Folk Art Museum and Atlanta's High Museum of Art.

Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, Chief Curator of the Smithsonian's American Art Museum said that, "Howard Finster and Grandma Moses defined for the American Public what contemporary folk art is. He was a phenomenal twentieth century artist, in or out of folk art."

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Colson Gap

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Leonardo DaVinci < $750.00
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Pauline Finster $800.00
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Two-headed Creature $350.00
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Howard in 1944 $900.00
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Desert Taxi

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In 1985, Howard appeared in this documentary film:

Athens, GA: Inside Out.

In this film, Howard tells the story of how he became an artist.


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Adam Again "In a New World of Time "


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