Born the son of an Alabama sharecropper in 1913 , Marvin Finn left school in first grade to work the fields. In his spare time, his father whittled and eventually taught Marvin to do the same. Because he was from a large family Marvin Finn never had any toys. Instead, he began creating his own by modeling them after barn yard animals.
Mr. Finn followed one of his brothers to Kentucky in 1940, working at a variety of different jobs. In 1952 he married Helen Breckinridge and together they had five children. Mr. Finn's passion for carving wood continued and when his wife died in 1966 the grief-stricken Finn gave up his other jobs and started whittling toys full-time. Over the years Marvin Finn gained many admirerers including Phyllis George who established the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.
Marvin Finn died in 2007.
Below are some auction results from the last few years.
Marvin Finn-Outsider Art-"Ox" Paint on wood, Dimension: 16 x 13 x 10, Kimball M. Sterling Inc, Nov 3, 2007, sold for $200
Marvin Finn, "Pig" Paint on Wood, Dimension: 7 1/2" H x 11" L, Clark Art and Antiques, June 21, 2008, sold for $30
Marvin Finn- Threee piece lot-. Painted wood cutout. 24"-49" tall Provenance- Richard Edgeworh Outsider Art Estate, Kimball M. Sterling Inc, April 14, 2007, sold for $200