Florida Highwaymen Art

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Highwaymen
 
In the early 1950ís through the 1980ís a group of twenty-six African-American artists known as the "Florida Highwaymen" used vivid and bright colors to display the beautiful untouched Florida landscape. The Florida Highwaymen painted wind-bent palm trees, serene sunsets, churning oceans and bright red Poinciana trees. They painted from their garages and back yards on inexpensive Upson board and then on the weekends they would travel and sell their Highwaymen paintings to hotels, offices, businesses and individuals who appreciated the artwork for around $25 a piece.
 
Collecting Florida Highwaymen art has become an exciting, but often expensive, hobby. The market for an original work of art by a Florida Highwayman can easily bring $5,000 or more. Some of the Highwaymen who are still living have resumed painting to meet the continuing demand for their work. Please take your time to browse our site for more information, or search above to find exactly what you are looking for.
 
 
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Florida Highwaymen News

A female Highwayman - WQCS
10 Nov 2014 at 6:29am

A female Highwayman
WQCS
They often sold their paintings from their cars parked on the side of a highway. In the 1950s their work sold for $10 to $15. People loved the stately palms, shimmering lagoons and bright sunsets. Today a Highwayman painting may fetch tens of thousands of ...


Painting Paradise: The Art of the Highwaymen - Gulfshore Life
4 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm

Painting Paradise: The Art of the Highwaymen
Gulfshore Life
Florida historian and Daytona State College humanities professor Gary Monroe, M.F.A., has authored his fifth definitive book on the Highwaymen, Mary Ann Carroll: First Lady of the Highwaymen, published by the University Press of Florida this month. Monroe ...


Florida Frontiers: Highwaymen preserve Florida's past - Florida Today
20 Oct 2014 at 9:45pm

Florida Today
Florida Frontiers: Highwaymen preserve Florida's past
Florida Today
The first Highwaymen artist, Alfred Hair, was inspired by white landscape artist A.E. "Bean" Backus, who had a meticulous, detail-oriented painting style. Hair also painted scenes of natural Florida, but developed a rapid style of painting that allowed him to ...

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The Florida Highwaymen coming to the Archive Fine Art & Collectibles - Miami'...
20 Oct 2014 at 8:26am

Miami's Community Newspapers
The Florida Highwaymen coming to the Archive Fine Art & Collectibles
Miami's Community Newspapers
The Florida Highwaymen, are a group of 26 African-American artists who painted from the 1950s to the 1980s. They painted landscapes of the beautiful underdeveloped Florida environment through the use of vivid and bright colors. Many of their paintings ...

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New book gives "First Lady of the Highwaymen" her due - Orlando Sentinel
6 Oct 2014 at 7:04am

New book gives "First Lady of the Highwaymen" her due
Orlando Sentinel
In his new book, "Mary Ann Carroll: First Lady of the Highwaymen," Gary Monroe tells the story of the young female artist who faced down the discrimination of a segregated Florida and sold her first painting at age 18. Monroe, a DeLand resident, writes of her ...


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Books and Videos




  • The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Landscape Painters by Gary Monroe
    DVD: The Highwaymen Florida's Outsider Artists
    Florida's Highwaymen: Legendary Landscapes by Bob Beatty