The Greatest Of All Is Love By Forrest Prince

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Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to present the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts exhibition: The Greatest of All is Love by Forrest Prince. The exhibition features a survey of over thirty works that span over a forty year period of the artist's spiritual and visionary career. The works in this exhibition range from the late 1960’s to 2013, and include pieces that have never before been publicly exhibited. The works include a selection of the artist’s distinctive mirror mosaic sculptures, along with some of his early carved wood sculptures, and later works which deal with compelling issues related to health, animal rights and social justice. An exhibition catalog will be available featuring an introduction by Caroline Huber and an essay by Susie Kalil.

For more than 40 years, Houston artist Forrest Prince has created some of the region’s most compelling, religious-inspired artwork. His sculpture, assemblages, and installations in the shape of hearts, crosses and text that reflect his spirituality and ardent commitment to a life of compassion and explore his strong feelings about food consumption and government corruption. Unlike many other artists who are interested primarily in self-expression, Prince is didactic in his art. He means, first and foremost to get a message across. His artwork gives people a chance to wake up. As Forrest says, “The truth will set you free.”

He is perhaps best known for working with mirrors, a material the artist uses to highlight the importance of self-reflection. Working with no formal art education, Prince is an exquisitely skilled craftsman whose artwork not only embodies a unique aesthetic that is both traditional and contemporary, but also reflects a powerful and engaging sense of peace and beauty.

Born is 1935 in Houston’s East End, Forrest Prince began living on the streets around Navigation Blvd and Wayside Drive when he was thirteen. He joined the Marines when he turned 17 and was honorably discharged three years later. After a troubled early life of drug and sex addiction, crime, jail, and multiple suicide attempts, Prince found art and God at about the same time in 1969. His spiritual conversion came when he was lying on a bathroom floor with blood running from holes in his arms and legs and a needle full of amphetamines stuck in the back of one leg. He couldn’t find a vain.

In the more than four decades since then, Prince has led an ascetic life of service. His religious beliefs are based on the Dead Sea Scrolls, believed to be the earliest form of the Bible. Considering his body to be a temple to God, the artist stopped eating meat or any other cooked food, and began fasting on Sundays. Although his beliefs take the form of fundamentalism, he doesn’t proselytize as some fundamentalists do. He applies his rules only to himself. He is an artist with a true sense of humility and without false pride.
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