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Buy paintings by artist Albert Backus (American, 1906-1991) in the Fine Art session of Manor's August 11th, 2012 Auction. Albert "Bean"Backus is one of the most well-known and recognized 20th C. Florida artists. Backus is known as for his paintings of landscapes, botanicals and people - primarily throughout Florida and the Caribbean. He also well-known for having the heart of a teacher and being very generous philanthropist. The door to his home was almost always open to anyone needing help or wanting to learn.
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Being offered in Manor's August 11th auction, are the following A.E. Backus paintings:
A.E. BACKUS - "RED HIBISCUS ON GLASS" OIL ON GLASS PAINTING Albert "Bean" Backus (American, 1906-199). Florida artist Albert Backus served as inspiration for the Highwaymen. Glass topped table features hibiscus flowers painted in reverse, signed lower right. Commissioned by Backus friend and Ft. Pierce realtor Myrtle Engler in the early 1950's. Comes with certification from Backus Gallery. A very unique piece for the Backus collector. Overall good condition, with some surface scratches on glass from wear, and a chip in one corner of the glass. , Size: 16" x 30", Est. 2500-5000, Lot 30087
A. E. "BEAN" BACKUS PAINTING OF A HIBISCUS FLOWER Albert Ernest "Bean" Backus (American, 1906-1991), known as the father of the Highwaymen artists. This one of a kind work was commissioned by the consignor in the early 1960's. Oil Painting. Image features hibiscus flower with pink embossed edge and matching frame. Signature bottom right. , Size: 36 x 36" (framed), Est. 8000-12000, Lot 30088
About A.E. Backus ~ Painter, Teacher and Philanthropist:
Short of a couple summers spent at the Parsons School of Design in New York, Backus was primarily a self-taught painter who cut his teeth as an early commercial painter of signs, billboards and movie marquees. From there he progressed to landscape paintings, where over theyears he refined his art from palette and knife to more brush work. His paintings were known for coming to life and captivating the viewer. Throughout his life, Backus earned his living in some way way or form through art.
Not only is Backus remembered as great landscape artist, but also as a teacher to all. Backus was always giving back, with his door open to any and all who wanted to learn. Backus welcomed people from all walks of life in to his studio, with these students earning the nickname of "Backus Brats". Throughout his life Backus had an everlasting influence on hundreds of children and young adults. Backus students were often referred to as "The Indian River School" of artists.
The most notable of the Backus Brats would have to be the Florida Highwaymen. A movement which began when Al Hair, an unknown African-American artist, approached Backus about learning to paint Florida Landscapes. Hair would go on to bring 25 friends in to his circle, and together they formed the original 26 Florida Highwaymen. A group of African-American artists whose story is one of intrigue, perseverance and hard work, which resulted in careers spanning more than 50 years and an everlasting impression on the Florida art scene.
Backus passed in 1991, leaving a partially finished painting. This partially completed Backus painting sits on permanent display in the Backus Gallery in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Other Florida Art from the Fine Art session of the August 11th, 2012 Auction:
More than 30 oil and watercolor paintings by Florida artists will be offered for sale in the auction. In addition to Backus, there are also paintings by Florida artists Michael J. Harrell and the Florida Highwaymen. The following lots comprise the Florida Paintings of the August 11th auction:
MICHAEL J HARRELL BEACHED BOAT WATERCOLOR 1985 Est.600-1200 Lot 30053
MICHAEL J HARRELL WATERFALL OIL ON BOARD 1995 Est.1000-2000 Lot 30054
A.E. BACKUS - "RED HIBISCUS ON GLASS" OIL ON GLASS Est.2500-5000 Lot 30087
A. E. "BEAN" BACKUS HIBISCUS FLOWER Est.8000-12000 Lot 30088
AL BLACK HIGHWAYMEN FLORIDA LANDSCAPE Est.300-500 Lot 30089
A. BLACK - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN PAINTING AIRBRUSH Est.400-800 Lot 30090
AL BLACK - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN - AIRBRUSH ON BOARD Est.400-800 Lot 30091
AL BLACK - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN - AIRBRUSH ON BOARD Est.400-800 Lot 30092
ALFRED "AL" HAIR FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN DUSK LANDSCAPE Est.800-1000 Lot 30093
ALFRED HAIR - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN MARSH SCENE Est.1500-2500 Lot 30094
ALFRED HAIR HIGHWAYMEN ROYAL PONCIANA TREE Est.1000-2000 Lot 30095
ISSAC KNIGHT HIGHWAYMEN FLORIDA LANDSCAPE Est.50-100 Lot 30096
I KNIGHT HIGHWAYMEN PANORAMIC LANDSCAPE Est.300-600 Lot 30097
I KNIGHT HIGHWAYMEN LANDSCAPE OIL ON BOARD Est.300-600 Lot 30098
ISSAC KNIGHT HIGHWAYMEN FLORIDA LANDSCAPE Est.50-100 Lot 30099
JAMES GIBSON - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN NIGHTSCAPE Est.200-400 Lot 30100
JAMES GIBSON - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN SEPIA LANDSCAPE Est.200-400 Lot 30101
JAMES GIBSON - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN SEPIA LANDSCAPE Est.500-800 Lot 30102
JAMES GIBSON - HIGHWAYMEN FLORIDA LANDSCAPE Est.500-1000 Lot 30103
JOHN MAYNOR HIGHWAYMEN FLORIDA LANDSCAPE Est.200-500 Lot 30104
MA CARROLL HIGHWAYMEN FLORIDA LANDSCAPE Est.300-500 Lot 30105
MA CARROLL - HIGHWAYMEN FLORIDA LANDSCAPE Est.500-1000 Lot 30106
ROBERT BUTLER - HIGHWAYMEN FLORIDA LANDSCAPE Est.500-1000 Lot 30107
S. M. WELLS HIGHWAYMEN FL MOONLIGHT LANDSCAPE Est.200-400 Lot 30108
WILLIE DANIELS HIGHWAYMEN FLORIDA LANDSCAPE Est.300-600 Lot 30109
WILLIE DANIELS - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN LANDSCAPE Est.150-300 Lot 30110
WILLIE DANIELS - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN LANDSCAPE Est.150-300 Lot 30111
WILLIE DANIELS - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN LANDSCAPE Est.150-300 Lot 30112
WILLIE DANIELS - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN LANDSCAPE Est.150-300 Lot 30113
WILLIE DANIELS HIGHWAYMEN FLORIDA LANDSCAPE Est.1500-3000 Lot 30114
JIMMY STOVALL - 27TH HIGHWAYMEN FL LANDSCAPE Est.200-400 Lot 30115
JIMMY STOVALL - 27TH HIGHWAYMEN FL LANDSCAPE Est.200-400 Lot 30116
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