Work of the Week — “Hank Williams” by Howard Finster
by Sadie Allen
I’m sitting in another local joint, listening to my father up on stage playing “Hey, Good Lookin’” or “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, songs I’ve heard him practice hundreds of times throughout my childhood. This was a scene I experienced often in my early teens, as my mother and I were present at all of his shows (his biggest fans, if you will). Back when my dad played more with his country band, I became all too familiar with the classic tunes of Hank Williams, an iconic country musician throughout the lifetime of Howard Finster. Coincidentally, my father knew the artist personally and was even married by him in his mill-hill gardens in Summerville, GA. When I told my dad I was going to be writing about a Howard Finster piece this week, he jumped up and showed me images he had taken of the artist’s “Eden” property. Not only was it teeming with flowers and natural wonder, it held that eclectic southern charm, with painted buildings and even wild and wondrous sculptures. Given my dad’s connection to the artist and the painting, I couldn’t resist choosing this piece to share.
Artwork above: Howard Finster, Hank Williams, 1990, Acrylic and Markers, 13.75 x 8 inches. Gift of Randy Shull. Permanent Collection. 2000.19.01.20.