Florida Highwaymen Art

News, Info and Paintings

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

Artist AE Backus' Legacy Lives On Through Exhibition Featuring Works By Flori...
29 Jan 2016 at 8:26am
Stuart Magazine
Arts & Culture - Ottawa Magazine (blog)
7 Nov 2015 at 5:26am
Ottawa Magazine (blog)
Highwaymen to be featured at Palmetto Historical Society - Bradenton Herald
20 Jul 2015 at 11:20pm
Bradenton Herald
Book review: 'Mary Ann Carroll: First Lady of the Highwaymen' by Gary Monroe ...
11 Jul 2015 at 9:48am
Mary Ann Carroll was the only woman among two dozen African-American landscape painters, subsequently dubbed the Highwaymen, who drove up and down Florida's east coast and into the adjacent interior in the 1950s, '60s and '70s selling paintings ...

The Hidden Artists of Florida - Observer News
2 Jul 2015 at 8:04am
Self-taught and self-promoted, they created a body of work of more than 200,000 paintings despite facing many racial and cultural barriers. The Highwaymen first began painting Florida landscapes to make a living, selling them door-to-door to businesses ...

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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