Country of Origin: U. S. A.
Artist: Robert .L. Lewis, (Original Florida Highwaymen)
Title: "Autumn Comes To St. Lucie River"
Media: Oil on Canvas.
Signed: Lower right and verso.
Lower Right - R. L. Lewis
Verso: His full written signature - Robert L. Lewis, , and the inscription An Original Hall of Fame Highwaymen Artist, 12" x 24"
Size: 12 by 24 inches; framed 16 by 28 inches.
Condition: Painting is in Very Good Condition. Frame has some wear. Still Good to Very Good Condition.
The group of 26 Florida Highwaymen, all men and one woman has come a long way. 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's most recent accolade is from 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. It is often called the last Great Art Movement of the 20th Century.
Trees are a prominent feature of many Robert L. Lewis paintings and his work shows a fantasy bent. On the older Robert L. Lewis paintings, the palms often curve and lean; on his newer works, painted on canvas, Lewis’ trees are more refined. The trees in Lewis' newer work often appear to be a place of timelessness in an ever-changing landscape. He uses an imaginative color palette, which is more predominant and noticeable on the newer Robert L. Lewis paintings, where colourful skies take centre stage amongst lush greenery. Newer pieces also tend to display wildlife, especially coastal birds. Robert Lewis may not have had the time as a young Highwaymen to include the lush details that you can find on the later Robert L. Lewis paintings, but the beginning of his developing style are easily seen.
Robert L. Lewis is a fascinating Highwayman. Interestingly, he never painted with the Highwaymen. It is the commonalities in their work that marks his membership in the group. He knew the Newton brothers, and in the early days, he painted on Upson board like most of the Highwaymen. Still, he distinguishes himself as a trained artist who went to college and became a certified art teacher.
His subject matter has been more extensive than most of the other Highwaymen. Besides lush landscapes, he paints cows, deer, dogs, cowboys, birds, and buildings. His range of foliage is diverse and he sometimes painted still life.
Robert Lewis painted with a variety of tools, anything that can easily make a mark. Clouds, for example, might be made with his fingers. His paintings have become more refined, and his color palette has become increasingly imaginative.
Thanks to "Robert Lewis," The Highwayman Trail, Web, Jan. 2018, for some excerpts.
****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 HALL OF FAME HIGHWAYMEN Robert L. Lewis - Magnificent Signed Oil Painting On Canvas "Autumn Comes To St. Lucie River"