JOHNNY DANIELS ( American 1952 - 2009) is one of the 26 Florida artists called Florida Highwaymen. The Highwaymen were a loose association of young African-American artists established in 1950s and functioning until 1970s. Highwaymen artists were mostly based around Fort Pierce in Florida, they were self-taught except for a few men, and painted Florida landscapes in a vivid style. These young men and one woman had no access to art galleries and shows and were selling their work from the roadways, travelling up and down Florida's East Coast. As other highwaymen, Johnny Daniels paintings were sold from the back of his truck for less than $100 a piece. Now Johnny Daniels paintings easily command hundreds and thousands of dollars in art galleries throughout the country.
You can notice in Johnny Daniels paintings that he often layered the paint thickly using a palette knife, enriching the depth of the colors. Johnny Daniels paintings often display a few vibrant colors that contrast with more muted areas. Daniels also seemed to enjoy the interplay between light, objects, and water. You often find in Johnny Daniels paintings that he often reflected the colors back at the viewer. Everything in his paintings appears to be alive and in motion: rippling water, gently swaying palms and billowing complete the effect. Much of the older Johnny Daniels paintings show the colors repeated through out the piece. In one example, a storm scene, there are vibrant umber clouds. The umber color was repeated in the marsh grass and trees that framed the sky. He might have chosen this technique of mixing the predominant color into the other areas to make his works more saleable, while reducing the cost of materials.
Most of the early Johnny Daniels paintings were done on the upson boards and Masonite, but newer ones are done on the stretched canvas. You can identify Johnny Daniels paintings by his signature – "J. Daniels", which he's making as the most of the other Florida Highwaymen using a palette knife.
Thanks to the Florida Highwaymen website.
Obituary: REMEMBERING THE JOHNNY DANIELS LEGACY Remembering the Legendary Hall of Fame Original Highwaymen Johnny Daniels, is remembering a man who is truly loved and greatly missed by many. Johnny passed on May 26, 2009, dedicating 40 years lifetime achiever to the art, phenomenally impacting the art world. Although Johnny generously shared his time teaching many to paint, Johnny Daniels can be referred to as the "Master Instructor" uniquely coining "The Florida Legacy Highwaymen Artist" leaving yet another tradition to this world. We are forever grateful and appreciate the talent you shared with all. Johnny Daniels your accomplishments are appreciated! WE LOVE YOU JOHNNY! Family and friends afar.
Artist: JOHNNY DANIELS (Highwayman - American 1952 - 2009)
Medium: Oil on Upson Board.
Title: "The Glow of Summer"
Size: 24 by 18 inches; framed 27 by 21 inches.
Condition: Very Good.
Circa: Last Quarter of 20th Century.
Authentication: ALL of our Highwaymen paintings have been authenticated by the recognized authority on Highwaymen paintings, Mr.Paul Barratini.
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 - Johnny Daniels ( American 1952 - 2009) Signed Original Oil Painting "The Glow Of Summer"