Highwaymen / A.E. Backus / Florida

About

The history of Florida’s Highwaymen is a captivating one. The inception took place in Fort Pierce, Florida with a group of young African-American artists that grew to 25 men and 1 woman.
Motivated by the fact that 1950’s Florida held very little future for them, they conceived a novel idea that would prove to be a bonanza.

Being enterprising as well as talented, and knowing full well that there was no way to lure buyers to them, they decided to reverse the situation and bring their art to the public.
They loaded their cars, and traveled the state selling door-to-door. They went to restaurants, offices, churches, even courthouses and banks. Fruitful and creative, they spared no avenue of opportunity.

On the heel of this innovative concept “The Highwaymen” emerged. But as often happens, there was a flip side; the first booming success was followed by a period of waning after Al Hair’s death in 1970.
Then suddenly in the 1990’s their fame was reborn. They regained their place in the sun—and ardent fans are creating a perpetual demand.
The paintings of the Highwaymen are now considered to be an important sector of American Art.
Perhaps the art of the Highwaymen can best be described as a marriage of rich arresting color and stark simplicity of form.

If the viewer lets his or her imagination soar, the effect is almost hypnotic—these scenes appear to be embedded in time.
For many individuals it’s a trip down memory lane, evoking fond recollections of growing up in Florida. For the neophytes, these paintings offer a look into a culture with storybook appeal.
For the urbanites, the “trendy” aspect is proving irresistible, and for still others, they provide a visual foray into the lush Florida landscape.

Whatever the individual fascination, the born-again popularity of the Highwaymen has collectors strongly intrigued…and vying with each other to supplement their collections.

Art Link International is proud to offer the largest selection available of these special paintings.
—Edna Weissman
Author, and former columnist
at the Palm Beach Daily News

These artists have received national recognition, and are featured in several books, documentaries, magazine articles (including People), even articles in the New York Times. All the artists have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Highwaymen paintings have hung in some of the country’s most notable homes, including the White House!

Artist


Alfonso Moran

Palms On The Ocean

24″ x 48″
Oil On Upson Board
1965 Circa

Carnell Smith

Sunrise

24″ x 36″
Oil On Upson Board
1965 Circa

James Gibson

Untitled

20″ x 24″
Oil On Canvas Board
1962 Circa

Livingston Roberts

Waves On The Breakers

30″ x 48″
Oil On Upson Board
1965 Circa

R.A. McLendon

Indian River

24″ x 36″
Oil On Upson Board
1963 Circa

Thunder Head at Riomar

27 3/4″ x 39 3/8″
Oil On Upson Board
1960 Circa

Hezekiah Baker

Sunset

24″ x 36″
Oil On Upson Board
1974

Untitled

24″ x 36″
Oil On Upson Board
1974

Nunzio Vayana

Florida Homestead

30″ x 36″
Oil On Canvas
1940 Circa

Afternoon Walk

24″ x 30″
Oil On Canvas
1935 Circa

Beach

24″ x 30″
Oil On Canvas
1940 Circa

Welcoming The Fleet

24″ x 30″
Oil On Canvas
1940 Circa

St. Augustine Church

24″ x 30″
Oil On Canvas
1936 Circa

Gifford Beal

Sailboat, Florida

12″ x 17 1/2″
Watercolor & Gouache
1950 Circa

The Waterfront, St. Augustine

11 3/4″ x 17 1/2″
Watercolor, Graphite & Ink On Paper
1950 Circa

Walter Channing Addison

The Pelican

9″ x 12″
Oil On Canvas Board
1940 Circa

Florida River

9 3/4″ x 13 1/4″
Oil On Upson
1940 Circa

Orville Bulman

Je M’Entends Bien

20″ x 18″
Oil On Canvas
1959

La Barque La Lori

10″ x 8″
Oil On Panel
1971

Le Oiseau Jaune II

10″ x 8″
Oil On Canvas
1965 Circa

Taon

8″ x 10″
Oil On Panel
1974

The Gerfaut

20″ x 22″
Oil On Canvas
1967 Circa

Vive Le Poulet

27 3/8″ x 24″
Oil On Panel
1965 Circa

William Chadwick

Blue Skies

14″ x 18″
Oil On Canvas
1920 Circa

Raymond Plockelman

Myakka Splendour

18″ x 22″
Acrylic On Canvas
1993
Myakka State Park is located between Okeechobee and
Sarasota.

Moving On South

18″ x 24″
Acrylic On Masonite
1995
Migrating Green-Winged Teals over
Blue Cypress Lake.

A Skirmish Prior To The Battle Of Olustee

24″ x 36″
Acrylic On Canvas
1997
The only major battle of the Civil War was the Battle
of Olustee. As the Union troops march to the
battleground, they are shown being harrased by local farmers. For the record, the Union troops lost that battle, and retreated.

Anax Junius

18″ x 24″
Acrylic On Canvas
1994
The rare Swallow Tail Kite pursuing his favorite meal.

Low Tide Beauties

16″ x 20″
Acrylic On Masonite
2005
Roseate Spoonbills at low tide in the Ding Darling Preserve. Here they are sweeping the lagoon for their dinner. The diet of the birds contributes to their exotic coloration.

One morning, a few years ago, while wandering through the Ding Darling refuge, I came upon several Roseate Spoonbills feeding in the shallow waters. As quietly as I could, so as not to spook them, I lifted my camera and composed an image of the scene above. The beauty of their color in the morning light was mesmerizing, and I’ve long looked forward to painting this scene and trying to capture the magical play of light as the birds stretched their wings and foraged for food. I hope I’ve succeeded enough to give people an idea of what this wonderous tale of natural Florida was like. — Ray Plockelman

Also available as a hand signed fine art Giclée.

Storm On Highway 70

24″ x 36″
Acrylic On Masonite
2005
An often seen view of Central Florida, that is fast disappearing.

Central Florida-1518

16″ x 20″
Acrylic On Canvas
1991
Early Inspiration for Ray’s novel about the plight of pre-Columbian Indians in a rapidly changing world.

The Day The Light Was Lit

24″ x 36″
Acrylic On Canvas
2005
The Jupiter Lighthouse was first lit on June 10th, 1860. This is what it may have looked like when that first boat was guided in to safe harbor.

Nature’s Legacy

16″ x 12″
Acrylic On Masonite
2005
FL119
This little painting was inspired by the movie Hoot, a Hollywood production about a colony of Sand Owls, in Florida, whose home was almost destroyed by a developer, it took children to realize the importance of saving them!

Blue Cypress Lake

12″ x 16″
Acrylic On Masonite
2006
FL157

Cracker Homestead

16″ x 20″
Acrylic On Masonite
2006
FL160

Nesting Flamingos

23 3/4″ x 42″
Acrylic On Masonite
2006
FL230

Sunset

24″ x 42″
Acrylic On Masonite
2007
FL284

Edith Jeannette Roddy

13″ x 10″
Oil On Canvas
1945 Circa

Ben Austrian

Shore Palms

6″ x 5″
Oil On Paper
1915

Emile A. Gruppé

Naples Docks

25″ x 30″
Oil On Canvas
1964 Circa

The Hut

14″ x 18″
Oil On Canvas
1963

Doerr’s Boat

24″ x 36″
Oil On Canvas
1964 Circa

Naples Yacht Club

30″ x 36″
Oil On Canvas
1964 Circa

Hildegarde Hume Hamilton

Market Church

20″ x 24″
Oil on Canvas
1965 Circa
HH034, Mexico

Mediterranean

15″ x 18″
Oil On Canvas

Sailboats

19″ x 23″
Oil On Canvas
1939 Circa

Untitled

18″ x 15″
Oil On Canvas
HH021

Untitled

18″ x 15″
Oil On Canvas
1950 Circa
HH020

Hotel Caralita

18″ x 15″
Oil On Canvas

Canon Grafiti’s Garden

10 3/4″ x 14″
Oil On Canvas
1958

Untitled

13 3/4″ x 10 1/2″
Oil On Canvas
1939 Circa
HH003

Cuban Courtyard

18″ x 15″
Oil On Canvas
1938
HH046

 

Casa Blanca

19″ x 24″
Oil On Canvas
1953

The Yacht “Saphire”

10 1/2″ x 14″
Oil On Canvas
1927

 

The Georgian Club, Ft. Lauderdale

23″ x 19″
Oil On Canvas
1939 Circa

Harold Newton

Approaching Storm

Oil on Upsonboard
30″ x 48″
1959 circa

Alfred Hair

24″ x 36″
Oil on Upson
1962 circa

A.E. (Beanie) Backus

Yellow Flowers

24″ x 30″
Oil Om Canvas
1968 Circa

Last Rays In The Glades

25″ x 30″
Oil on Canvas
1960 circa

Florida Sailing

25″ x 30″
Oil on canvas
1950 circa

Wind Over The Glades

30″ x 36″
Oil on Canvas
1960 circa

Emmett Fritz

Palm Beach Canal

22″ x 28″
Oil On Canvas Board
1965 Circa