Howard on a Mule


Howard Finster (American, 1916–2001)


ca. 1976


Enamel on wood


63 1/2 x 47 inches


Purchase with funds from the Cousins Foundation, Inc., and donors to the Paradise Project Campaign

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On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407

In Paradise Garden, Finster captured his visionary repertoire in a vast range of media, including outlined forms that he cut from plywood and painted. This cutout is of “The Man of Visions” himself, astride a mule covered with the Reverend Finster’s spiritual exhortations and a chronicle of his gospel advocacy: “I STARTED OFF ON. A. MULE. AT. AGE. 12. I PREACHED MANY TIMES FROM THE TOP OF MY CAR, BUT THIS IS MY FIRST TIME TO PREACH FROM A MULES. BACK.” Howard on a Mule originally hung between two arched windows in the World’s Folk Art Church, located near blackberry bushes beside a mimosa tree in Paradise Garden.

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© Howard Finster/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York