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    Artist Name:

    Howard Finster

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1916–2001

    Title:

    Gospel Bike, #1,776

    Date:

    ca. 1980

    Medium:

    Enamel on bicycle

    Dimensions:

    37 x 52 x 26 1/2 inches

    Credit Line:

    Norfolk Southern Collection of Self-Taught Art

    Accession Number:

    1995.174

    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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