East Texas Fine Arts and Design

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sean-dupre:

A few composites from the west side of the park in and around Dog Canyon.  Guadalupe Mountains National Park, artist-in-residence.  I’ve wrapped up my residency, but still have plenty of editing to do.  Will post a link to the final portfolio.

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING IT.

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sean-dupre:

New “work-in-progress” from artist-in-residence, Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

wow…Great photos and arrangements…

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sean-dupre:

New work from my artist-in-residence at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.  I consider these “sketches” as I’m working on them while on location.  I will add relative text and possibly quotes to the final image.  I’ll also post an artist statement with the final work so check back. 

From the series: “Real Estate” - Not For Sale, Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness Area.

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thesouthartcollective:

Howard Finster (1916-2001)

 Abraham from a Penny

 Don’t Put God Off

 Night before Christmas

 Self-Portrait

 Reverend Howard Finster, a self-proclaimed  “Man of Visions”, Finster was one of America’s most widely known and prolific self-taught artists producing over 46,991 pieces of art before his death in 2001. He saw himself as a sacred artist, tirelessly recording his visionary prophesies and providing glimpses of a celestial outer space world that God revealed to him. These visionary journeys were very real for Finster, providing a limitless variety of images for his creative endeavors.

Born in rural Alabama in 1916, Finster went on to become a preacher, tent revivalist, and “master of 22 different trades” before building his roadside tribute to inventors the Plant Farm Museum. Later dubbed “Paradise Garden,” this rock and junk encrusted wonderland became the focus of Finster’s life work. In 1976, however, this focus shifted. As he was using his fingers to apply paint to a refurbished bicycle, Finster noticed that the paint smudge on the tip of his finger had formed a human face. A voice spoke to him, saying, “paint sacred art.” Finster began churning out thousands of sermon-laden artworks with subjects ranging from historical characters and popular culture icons like Elvis Presley to evangelistic fantasy landscapes and futuristic cities. Most works are meticulously coated in Finster’s own hand-lettered words and Biblical verse.

This humble God fearing man had a vision from God at the age of 59. From that day forward he followed God’s call to paint sacred art. He worked tirelessly day and night until he was called home at the age of 84, producing over 46,000 works of art and building a place of inspiration to continue his message long after his passing. Howard Finster had the strongest work ethic. He was re-purposing and recycling before recycling was cool.

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thesouthartcollective:

via Art West Film: This is the extended trailer for Paradise Garden, a documentary film about the legacy of Howard Finster that premiered at Finster Fest 2013 in Summerville, Georgia. The film chronicles the renovation of Paradise Garden and stars celebrities that worked with Howard Finster. The interviews include Chris Frantz from the Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Steve Penley, amazing American painter who knew Howard, REM and BlackHawk, who filmed a music videos at the Garden, Spencer Drate, Kenyon Phillips, Michael Pillot, and many more artists that have been influenced by his work.

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sean-dupre:

Getting settled in at Guadalupe Mountains National Park as an artist-in-residence. Bunking in the historic The Ship on the Desert home of Wallace Pratt (founding father of GMNP).  I’m actually in a rustic apartment on the end w/ an awesome view of the mountains.  Looking forward to capturing some landscapes!

Awesome apartment.