Folk Art

The Highwaymen


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The Highwaymen's paintings celebrate a picture postcard image of natural Florida - a dream of how Floridians wanted to see their state and how they wanted it to be seen by others. Boom-time Florida provided eager customers for their glistening oils, and their enterprise raged. To them, time was money, and money was a way to keep score in their invented game of success as they created an artistic legacy.


Harold Newton
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Harold Newton was held in awe by his fellow painters and by the consumers of their art. His paintings seemed heaven-sent, the land appeared God-given. Newton was the prototype, and the others took their cues from him. But they could not equal Newton's defining brushwork and palette knife wielding. "He could just paint better than us," one of his cohort says.


Incarcerated Highwayman Al Black was allowed to paint murals at the Central Florida Reception Center, one of the DoC's three clearinghouse prisons for inmates entering the system. Ninety-one murals are painted directly on cinder block walls, and offer contemplation as well as a pleasant view. This is the icing on the cake of the Highwaymen story.




Review the list of the Highwaymen, and see the photograph that was taken during their 2004 induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, a function of the State of Florida.




This page contains essays about the Highwaymen. Check back regularly, as each essay will be replaced by a new one that addresses a different aspect of the Highwaymen's art and place in history.

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