A beautiful grouping of Florida Highwaymen Paintings by Al Hair, Sam Newton, Harold Newton, James Gibson, Robert Butler, Al Black and others will sell in Manor Auctions October 9th auction. Florida Highwaymen art collectors will truly enjoy the variety of pieces being offered in the Fine Art session of the October 9th auction. The Florida Highwaymen artists have defined the Florida landscape for the past 50 years with their Florida landscape and seascape paintings. Being headquartered in Florida, Manor Auctions always seeks to acquire and offer original Florida art, such as the Florida Highwaymen.
It was the early 1950's when the prominent S. Florida artist Albert Backus took an unknown African-American artist by the name of Al hair under his arm to teach him how to create stunning Florida landscape art. Hair saw his relationship to Backus and Florida Art as an opportunity to earn a living.
Hair went on to recruit and teach 25 friends in the style of painting learned from Backus. This group of 25 men and 1 woman came to be known as the original 26 Florida Highwaymen artist. With their start in a Ft. Pierce Florida garage, the group began painting at a feverish pace. The pieces created were then sold throughout South Florida, mostly out of car trunks. The Highwaymen and their commissioned sales reps would regularly be seen along roadsides "Highwaymen") and going door to door of local businesses and professional offices, such as car dealerships, motels, real estate brokers and the like. The early paintings cost $20 - 30 each and came to be the primary income for many of the original 26 Highwaymen.
The Highwaymen artists disbanded in the early 1980's and many went on to other careers, until the mid-90's when interest in their story and paintings soared. Then in 2004 the original 26 Florida Highwaymen were inducted in to the Florida Artist Hall of Fame. To this day, many books have been written on the Highwaymen. Their intriguing story is an inspiration.
The original 26 Florida Highwaymen are:
Curtis Arnett, Hezekiah Baker, Al Black, Ellis Buckner, George Buckner, Robert Butler, Mary Ann Carroll, Johnny Daniels, Willie Daniels, Rodney Demps, James Gibson, Alfred Hair, Issac Knight, Robert L. Lewis, John Maynor, Roy McLendon, Alfonso Moran, Harold Newton, Lemuel Newton, Sam Newton, Livingston Roberts, Willie Reagan, Cornell Smith, Charles Walker, Sylvester M. Wells and Charles Wheeler
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The following Florida Highwaymen Paintings will be sold on October 9th (the 5 digits preceding the title are the lot number):
18095 HAROLD NEWTON - HIGHWAYMEN PAINTING LANDSCAPE OIL ON BOARD HAROLD NEWTON (American, 1932-1994) Oil on board landscape scene on an overcast day with cranes wading in the water. Size: 22 x 27" framed Condition: VGC 1,000 2,000
18095a HAROLD NEWTON - HIGHWAYMEN LANDSCAPE OIL ON BOARD HAROLD NEWTON (American, 1932-1994) Oil on board wave scene with rolling clouds over the ocean. Dates back to the late 1960s. Size: 28 x 45" framed Condition: VGC 1,000 2,000
18096 ROBERT BUTLER - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN PAINTING OIL ON BOARD Robert Butler (1943 - ), oil on board in the traditional Highwaymen style, framed with “antiqued” crown molding. Traditional Florida Everglades landscape. A single palm tree is the foreground’s focal point. Size: 16" x 24" Condition: VGC 400 800
18097 AL BLACK- HIGHWAYMEN PAINTING OIL ON BOARD EVERGLADES Albert "Al" Black (American, 1946- ). The serenity of a beautiful marsh landscape, which is present throughout most of Florida, is the scene of this oil on board. Two herons wade in the water as the glowing sun warms the sky. The group of birds and the pair of herons represent the holy trinity. Signed in the bottom right and dated '81. White frame included. Size: 22 x 36" Condition: VGC 800 1,500
18098 AL BLACK- HIGHWAYMEN PAINTING OIL ON BOARD EVENING SCENE Albert "Al" Black (American, 1946- ). A beautifully painted marsh landscape. Two herons wade in the water as the glowing sun heralds the coming night. Signed bottom right and dated '78. Walnut frame. Size: 27" x 36" framed 600 1,000
18099 ALFRED "AL" HAIR - LARGE HIGHWAYMEN PAINTING OIL ON BOARD ALFRED "Alfred "Al" Hair, (American, 1941 -- 1970). Unusually large and bright oil on board painting of a sunset above crashing waves. Signed bottom right. This is a fine example of Hair's work. Mounted in a gold wash frame. typical of early Highwaymen paintings. Size: 53" x 29" framed Condition: VGC 1,500 2,500
18100 ALFRED "AL" HAIR- HIGHWAYMEN PAINTING CALM BEFORE THE STORM Al Hair (American, 1941-1970). The moon shines on the still water of a bay. Fronds of palm trees begin to sway as the furious winds of an incoming storm move closer. Signed in the bottom right corner and in original frame. Size: 35 x 23" Condition: VGC 1,000 3,000
18101 ALFRED "AL" HAIR- HIGHWAYMEN BEACH SCENE Al Hair (American, 1941-1970). Palms reach towards the sunlight. Seagulls and a sailboat are visible in the distance. The sun is beginning to set on this classical summer day. Signed in the bottom right corner and in original frame. Size: 35 x 23" Condition: VGC 1,000 3,000
18102 ALFRED "AL" HAIR- HIGHWAYMEN WAVES CRASHING The horizon darkens to pink and purple as the sun begins to descend upon the beach shore. Waves crash violently against the shoreline. Gulls fly over the shallows as they fish for food. Some slight discoloration to the painting. Signed in the bottom right corner and in original frame. Size: 35 x 23" Condition: VGC 1,000 3,000
18103 ALFRED "AL" HAIR- HIGHWAYMEN OIL ON BOARD The sun starts a day in the everglades. The sky is luminescent with hues of purple and orange. A large cypress tree basks as the first rays of light reach its branches, which are covered in Spanish moss. Signed in bottom right corner and framed. Size: 35 x 23" Condition: VGC 1,000 3,000
18104 ALBERT E. BACKUS - PASTEL DRAWING & LETTERS OF NELLIE WOOD Albert Earnest "Bean" Backus pastel painting of his girlfriend, Nellie Wood O'Riordan. Pastel on felt. Backus's family tried fervently to hide her identity from the public. Nellie was known as the recipient of "The Golden Poet Award" in 1989, and her book, "Rhymes and Reasons," was quite successful. This lot also includes a rare grouping correspondence letters between Nellie and her long-time friends. All of the letters are signed, and each one mentions "Beanie," Backus's nickname. The letters are so evocative, that one can easily imagine moments between lovers. Her letters also vividly describe her social mileu as an invited guest at the Florida's Governor's Mansion (in Tallahassee, FL) and a notation following Backus's death, Nellie described how Backus had told her that he wasn't feeling well and goes on to say that he died later that day. Also included are limited edition postcards (unused) and an Easter card, all featuring Backus's works. Nellie's book, "Rhymes and Reasons", is also part of this lot. A unique and interesting Backus art and ephemera lot. The pastel has also includes authentication and appraised by the A.E. Backus gallery in Ft. Pierce, FL. Size: 16" x 13" Condition: VGC 1,000 2,000
18105 GEORGE BUCKNER- HIGHWAYMEN PAINTING NIGHT SCENE George Buckner (American, 1943-2002). A full moon lights up the surface of the ocean and guides a sailor through the night. A finely detailed cypress and palm tree rest at the water's edge. Signed in the bottom right corner and in original frame. Size: 35 x 22" Condition: VGC 400 800
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