Lemuel Newton was the youngest of three Newton brothers who became known as Highwaymen. He was also the least visible of the three. His work is treasured. It is impressionistic, as if he were capturing a vibrant moment in time. He was another fascinating personality as well. His biography follows the listing below.
The Highwaymen, a group of 26, all men and one woman have come a long way. A number of these wonderful artists have passed away, and the remaining original Highwaymen are now aged and gray. In their journey, they have accomplished a list of accolades, but only over years and decades. From the 1950s, times of turmoil, until 2004, that's the time it has taken twenty-six African Americans to receive recognition, an induction into the Museum of Florida History, Artists Hall of Fame, in Tallahassee Florida. The Highwaymen most recent accolade is "the Smithsonian!" In November 2017, the group was reaffirmed by the "National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington D. C." From the side of the road to legends of the road, the history makers have earned state, national and international achievements. "But it hasn't always been that way," in reality, it has been a "struggle" that has taken decades, over a lifetime, for the group who became known as the Florida Highwaymen Original Artists.
Country of Origin: U. S. A.
Artist: Lemuel Newton (American, 1950 - 2014)
Medium: Oil Painting on Upson Board.
Size: 24 by 36 inches; framed approximately 28 by 40 inches.
Signed: Lower Right.
Condition: Very Good to Excellent Vintage Condition. Frame is in Good to Very Good Condition.
Lemuel was raised in Tifton, a small town in south Georgia. Nicknamed “Lem,” he began painting as a teenager in the late 1960s after moving to Fort Pierce where his brother Harold was making a good living as a landscape painter. Lemuel and Willie Daniels began by working with Alfred Hair, preparing Upson boards. The lure of making money as an artist was strong and Lem began painting.
His main influence was clearly Harold. He greatly admired his older brother, once commenting to Highwaymen biographer Gary Monroe, “Sam and I wouldn’t know nothing about painting if it weren’t for Harold. All the painters wouldn’t know nothing about painting if it weren’t for Harold, including Alfred Hair.” While the statement about Alfred isn’t exactly correct, it demonstrates the importance of Harold in Lemuel Newton’s life.-
Lemuel Newton passed from this life on October 30, 2014, at Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Webster, Texas.
Please note that the physical colors of this item may vary from the pictures in the listing, given the quality of the camera, the lighting and the background used.
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ORIGINAL FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN Lemuel Newton (American 1950 – 2014) - Marvelous Signed Original Oil