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Artist Name:

Howard Finster

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, 1916–2001


Gospel Bike, #1,776


ca. 1980


Enamel on bicycle


37 x 52 x 26 1/2 inches

Credit Line:

Norfolk Southern Collection of Self-Taught Art

Accession Number:


On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway Level, Gallery 408
After Finster retired his bicycle repair tools and memorialized them in a section of the Garden’s sidewalk, his bicycle lingered as a reminder of the trade Finster practiced before being called to make “sacred art.” Gospel Bike became a rolling sermon—Finster’s perfect vehicle for carrying the Word. Celestial towers, tiny angels, names, and scriptures fill every space, with a portrait of Jesus protecting the seat and a serpent riding on the wheel guard.

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