Exhibit Period: April 8th - May 15th, 2016
HISTORY OF THE FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN
The Florida Highwaymen were a group of twenty-six African-American artists from the 1950's to the 1980's. They painted landscapes of underdeveloped parts of Florida through the use of vivid and bright colors. Many of their paintings consist of wind-bent palm trees, serene sunsets, oceans and bright Poinciana trees.
In the 1980's, when trends changed, the Florida Highwaymen parted ways. However, due to a recent surge in demand for their work, several of the original highwaymen have started painting again. In 2004, the twenty-six original Florida Highwaymen were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. The original paintings are highly regarded and come at a high demand by collectors and enthusiasts such as Shaquille O'Neal and Jerry Seinfeld to name a few.