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Exhibit on American Folk Artist Howard Finster

Jan 30, 2016 11:47AM ● By Jennifer Neys

Artu4ia, an open painting studio in Martinez, will be featuring an exhibit of works by well-known folk artist Howard Finster as well as a documentary about him on Saturday, February 20, 6-9pm. The exhibit features work from the Pattie Family Collection of American Folk Art, and collector Steven Pattie, who is the executive producer of the documentary and will be on hand to answer questions about the movie and the exhibit. This exhibit is part of a monthly Art Beat “art walk” event that is powered by Artcelerator, a new collective of artists and art activists that promote art and events in Martinez.

Howard Finster (December 2, 1916 – October 22, 2001) was an American artist and Baptist minister from Georgia. He claimed to be inspired by God to spread the gospel through the design of his swampy land into “Paradise Gardens,” a folk art sculpture garden with over 46,000 pieces of art. His creations include outsider artnaïve art, and visionary art. Finster first came to widespread notice in the 1980s with his album cover designs for R.E.M. and Talking Heads.

The Rev. Howard Finster is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential self-taught artists of the 20th century. There was never a more prolific, trained or untrained, American artist than Finster. Few artists are as wholly original or as singularly expressive of a personal vision. Potent and unrestrained, this self-described “stranger from another world,” “man of visions,” “God’s last red light on planet earth,” and “second Noah,” is the creator of a verbal, visual, sculptural, and environmental art that is an unparalleled tour de force.  His audacious art, fueled by visions of Jesus, Elvis, angels, and other worlds, challenges the senses, the art world’s guardians, and the aesthetic status quo of the dominant culture. Artu4ia, 725 Ward St., Suite C, Martinez, 925-451-9372,