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

Highwaymen murals on Riverview prison walls sell for $150 - TBO.com
25 May 2015 at 3:10pm
Black is one of 26 Florida Highwaymen who made names for themselves by speed-painting landscapes in the 1960s and 1970s and selling their artwork along the roads of the eastern part of the state. They marketed their work this way in part because during ...

Painting by legendary Highwayman artist Albert (Beanie) Backus brings $20000 ...
29 Mar 2015 at 8:45pm
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Highwaymen art on display during West Palm's Grandview Heights tour - Palm Be...
22 Mar 2015 at 6:30am
Historical Florida art, including paintings by the Highwaymen, will be displayed at Grandview Gardens B&B and Casa Grandview Inn during the Grandview Heights Historic District Home Tour. This painting was done by Highwayman Livingston Roberts.

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Famed Florida Highwaymen painters coming to Pompano - Sun Sentinel
16 Mar 2015 at 3:00pm
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Highwaymen Weekend: Davenport Creative Arts and Cultural Alliance - The Ledger
4 Mar 2015 at 11:55pm
At 68, Black doesn't have to hustle his paintings anymore. He doesn't have to use Upson board for canvas or scraps of crown molding for frames either. His paintings and those of other Highwaymen artists are sought by collectors and can sell for thousands of ...

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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