The Highwaymen: Art / History
January 8 – March 6, 2022
A.E. Backus Museum of Art
Fort Pierce, Florida
The famed Florida landscape painters, first known in the 1950s as the artists who sold their work from the trunks of their cars, deserve a closer look. Over the years that humble beginning became the story, often overshadowing their artistic achievements that instinctively echo the same techniques long revered in the art world’s most recognized movements and masterpieces. This new survey, including paintings never presented to the public, brings to light these outsider artists’ innate visions, revealing the inventive style, confident strokes, collaborative spirit, and effective methods that would captivate countless patrons, define their movement, and demand their place in the history of art.
[Image: Harold Newton (1934-1994), After the Storm, n.d. Oil on Masonite, 24 x 30 in. Lightle Collection]