Five-Minute Museum

Inside Howard Finster's "Paradise Garden"

A traveling exhibition brings the work of the self-taught painter (and R.E.M. cover artist) into the spotlight

  • 1981
    Courtesy of the Arient Family Collection
    "Images of Elvis at Three Years Old (2021)," 1981. Original (left) and detail.

    Tractor enamel on wood.

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  • 1982
    Courtesy of the Arient Family Collection
    "Heavenly Tower (2243)," 1982. Original (left) and detail.

    Photography and tractor enamel on wood.

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  • 1982-1
    Courtesy of the Arient Family Collection
    Howard Finster, "Floyd Crow and Howard Finster in a Revival in 1944 (2235)," 1982.

    Tractor enamel and glitter on plastic.

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  • 1982-3
    Courtesy of the Arient Family Collection
    "As Faith Goes In Worry Goes Out (2290)," 1982. Original (left) and detail.

    Tractor enamel on wood.

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  • 1983-1
    Courtesy of Glen Davies and Sandra Wolf
    "Flying Angel (2804)," 1983.

    Tractor enamel on wood.

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  • 1983
    Courtesy of the Arient Family Collection
    "The Big Watch Dog of Space (2659)," 1983.

    Tractor enamel on wood.

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    Courtesy of the Arient Family Collection
    "Images of Visions of Other Worlds Beyond (3077)." Original (left) and detail.

    Tractor enamel on plexiglas.

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  • 1986
    Courtesy of the Arient Family Collection
    "River of Life (5253)," 1986.

    Tractor enamel on wood.

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  • 1987
    Courtesy of John Denton
    "Jesus Coming in the Clouds (6653)," 1987. Original (left) and detail.

    Tractor enamel, glass, beads, and wood burning.

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  • 1988
    Courtesy of the Arient Family Collection
    "Mr. Coke (8037)," 1988. Original (left) and detail.

    Tractor enamel on wood.

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    Photo: Glen C. Davies
    Paradise Garden.

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    Photo: J.F. Turner
    Young Howard Finster.

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    Photo: Victor Faccinto, Wake Forest University
    Older Howard Finster.

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