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Forrest Prince

Forrest Prince, Installation view, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012


Forrest Prince, “You’re Eating Yourself to Death, and You’re Too Dumb to Know It”, 1990, table, chair, mixed media, collection of Carolyn Farb


Forrest Prince, “Soulmates Becomming One and Entering a Sea of Bliss”, 1986, wood, mirror, paint, collection of Marylin Oshman

Forrest Prince, “Let Whoever is Without Sin Cast the First Stone”, 1982, wood, mirror, vinyl lettering, stone, collection of Lollie Jackson


Forrest Prince is an artist who lives his life and creates his art in the spirit of Jesus. His trials in overcoming drug addiction, crime, and prison as well as his new life of self-imposed poverty and his compassionate support of people in dire need, have given him the knowledge and the inner strength to make authentically spiritual works of art. In other words, Forrest lives his faith and as a result, he is able to create profound expressions of his beliefs. Working simply as a craftsman, he is able to communicate the splendor of his beliefs through traditional Christian symbols. The result is a body of work that is unusual because it is free of the machinations and impurities of the art world and goes on to represent man’s higher aspirations. In addition to his religious work, Forrest also deals with political and social issues. Certain works involve the artist’s concern with food consumption other works severely question the satanic practices of the US Government. The Station Museum is honored to exhibit the inspired work of an artist of high moral principles.

Forrest Prince was born in Houston, Texas in 1935. With no formal art education, he began making art in 1969, and in 1976 was given his first solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston. In 1983 Prince founded the Praise God Foundation. He has participated in many group exhibitions in museums and galleries including: Diverse Works, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, San Antonio Museum of Fine Arts, Lawndale Art Center, Art Car Museum, Station Museum, and The Menil Collection. Prince’s work is represented in The Menil’s permanent collection.

Forrest Prince, “Praise God”, 1993 – 1995, wood, mirror, vinyl lettering, collection of Laura Fain


Forrest Prince, “Please God Save Me”, 1969, wood, paint, collection of Lollie Jackson