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Florida Highwaymen Art Paintings

Florida Highwaymen Original Art Paintings For Sale
Harold Newton Paintings For Sale

 

 

The Highwaymen, also referred to as the Florida Highwaymen (FHWM), are a group of 26 African American landscape artists in Florida. Self-taught and Self-Mentoring, they created a body of work of over 200,000 paintings, despite facing many racial and cultural barriers. Mostly from the Fort Pierce area, they painted landscapes and made a living selling them door-to-door to businesses and individuals throughout Florida from the mid-1950s through the 1980s. They also peddled their work from the trunks of their cars along the eastern coastal roads (A1A and US 1).

For over 50 years The Highwaymen created large numbers of relatively inexpensive landscape paintings using construction materials rather than traditional art supplies. As no galleries would accept their work, they sold them in towns and cities and along roadsides throughout Florida, often still wet, out of the trunks of their cars. Their success and longevity is remarkable considering they began their career in the racially unsettled and violent times of the 50s in Florida  and amid the social conditions of the Jim Crow South where the stirrings of the civil rights movement were only just beginning. They have been called "The Last Great American Art Movement of the 20th century".

I personally become enamored with FHWM Art about five years ago while visiting a relative in New Smyrna Beach , Florida and the local FHWM Art Gallery. . Several members of my family became collectors and acquired many FHWM pieces at the gallery.   Once I visited the gallery and experienced these beautiful paintings of Florida's spectacular scenery, I was hooked !  MY personal favorites are the Newton brothers, Harold and Sam.     Unfortunately Harold's early and untimely death resulted in a substantial lower supply of his work and hence higher values.  

If you are looking to add one of these historical art pieces to your collection, home or office contact us. .  Meanwhile, we have a few peices available below..  

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