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The Five Most Collectible Highwaymen Paintings

Posted by anglesartandframe on June 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

               The Most Collectible Florida Highwaymen Painters


I don’t know anything about art, but I know what I like. – Gelett Burgess 

Picking the most collectible artists from a list is like picking the best all time third baseman or the funniest comedian.  Each person has a reason for liking certain artists or paintings, so with much trepidation and some confidence here goes:


1. Harold Newton   

Most people who come to the art and framing store like the Newtons and Harold seems to get the most votes.  Harold (and his brother Sam) are part of the original Florida Highwaymen now enshrined in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.  He learned his trade from another hall of fame artist A.E. "Beanie" Backus and was rumored to paint at times, side by side with the artist.  Several times at art shows when shown a picture of a Newton on a smartphone, the other Highwaymen immediately recognize it by his style.


2.  Alfred Hair  

Because He also studied under Backus, and was one the the originals he comes in a close second.  He was frequently criticized for his hasty work and often times hired family members to paint by committee in order to turn out more paintings.   He was the most charismatic and some of his paintings sell for more than $3000.  He is highly collectible and often people come in looking for the elusive "Hair" to enhance their collection.


3.  Sam Newton   

Harold's surviving brother Sam is an accomplished artist in his own right and still paints today.  His landscapes romancing the Florida coastline are a must have for any serious Highwaymen collector.  This makes it a little more difficult in distinguishing the older works from the newer ones made to look older.  There will be another article of tell tale signs

of older works of art versus newer ones in coming weeks.


4.  R.A. McLendon

Most all the Highwaymen paint the Florida shorelines, palm trees getting blown by stormy winds and beautiful Indian River scenes.  McLendon has some orange grove paintings showing workers picking oranges on ladders in the trees and on the ground putting them in bushels.  Some of the painters came out of the orange picking and harvesting industry which thrived in the Fort Pierce area.  Still painting, his soft style makes his work a coveted addition.


5.  Mary Ann Carroll

Mainly because she is the only female artist she comes in at number five.  Recently in 2011 invited to the White House she gave Mrs. Obama one of her original paintings.  She still travels to art shows selling her paintings and greeting her fans. 


The artists left off the top five list can be debated as to why they weren't included.  The talented Highwaymen continue to paint and pass their legacy down to their children and grandchildren.  Please visit our page with some of their paintings and see why expert Gary Monroe said in the Orlando Sentinel "In Florida today, there is a near feeding frenzy over acquiring Highwaymen paintings, and, like the potato-chip commercial suggests, it seems that nobody can have just one,"



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