Howard Finster was a very talented artist who used personal experiences and history in order to create his idea of art. His pieces spoke to me because of how different they are from a lot of art that I have seen. All of his pieces are different from one another. He took on different mediums of art and made them work together.
This painting consists of different layers and context. The background is blue, like the sky, with women in dresses floating, probably angels. There are star-like symbols and colorful circles throughout. There are also tall, white buildings which come to the front of the image too. These buildings are seen in front of George Washington as well. He has black hair, rosy cheeks, a wide nose, and blue eyes. He is wearing a brown cardigan and off white shirt. There is grass with interesting trees throughout the painting. It gives off a holiday vibe. There are people who appear to be praying, everyone is doing the same motion. There is also small text which makes it seem like it was not really meant to be read but it also seems important. It shows that Finster refers to himself as ” From God. Man of vision.” I also see text like”heaven is worth it all” and “God bless you all.” The painting makes me think of chaos and discontent. What I take from this is that although the world is in a state of chaos, heaven will be worth it all.
After being at the museum, i found out that the actual meaning behind it was the fact that Finster loves American presidents and hoped to meet Washington one day in heaven. It is so interesting to see the different interpretations than what u would have assumed.
This was so cool to me because Finster made anything his canvas. He turned a bike, a simple bike, into a piece of art. This is neat because it truly shows a part of him because he was a bicycle repairman. He called this the Gospel bike because he found it well suited to spread the gospel. The bike is littered with his signature angels, bible verses, and Jesus on the seat. He painted a snake on the wheel, probably to symbolize the serpent in the bible.
I may not like some of the people that he admired due to their racism and bigotry, I can still appreciate most of his art. Art brings unity and provokes thought and that will always be so important. It is timeless!