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

Talks begin on saving Highwayman's murals inside closed Florida prison - Gree...
17 Aug 2014 at 1:40am

Talks begin on saving Highwayman's murals inside closed Florida prison
Greenfield Daily Reporter
The Florida Highwaymen are 26 black artists, 18 of whom are still alive, 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 ...

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Florida Highwaymen artists to appear at Mount Dora sale, benefit - Orlando Se...
8 Aug 2014 at 9:39am

Florida Highwaymen artists to appear at Mount Dora sale, benefit
Orlando Sentinel
MOUNT DORA ? History in Florida is still walking around or, in the case of the Highwaymen, still painting. In the segregated Florida of 1950s, '60s and '70s, the mostly self-taught African-American painters drove up and down U.S. Highway 1 to sell their ...


See Highwaymen art, chance to win painting - Orlando Sentinel
27 Jul 2014 at 2:04pm

See Highwaymen art, chance to win painting
Orlando Sentinel
A painting of Mount Dora's historic train depot alongside a steam-powered locomotive will be given away during the 13th Florida Highwaymen Art Show, Sale and Benefit in Mount Dora in August. The nostalgic scenic painting was created by Robert (R.L.) ...

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TB History Center Showcases Florida Highwaymen Art - WUSF News
22 Jul 2014 at 8:24pm

TB History Center Showcases Florida Highwaymen Art
WUSF News
Back in the 1950s and '60s, a group of African-Americans, known as the Highwaymen, sold Florida landscape paintings to locals and tourists on the side of the road. The paintings were sold for only a few bucks at the time but after the '90s, their value soared.


Tampa Bay History Center Showcases the Art of "The Highwaymen" - WTSP 10 News
21 Jul 2014 at 12:43pm

WTSP 10 News
Tampa Bay History Center Showcases the Art of "The Highwaymen"
WTSP 10 News
They worked collaboratively, sometimes finishing each other's paintings, and employed a "fast painting" method that allowed them to produce hundreds of paintings. Dubbed "The Highwaymen" in the mid-1990s by art collector and critic Jim Fitch, works by ...


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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