Sam Newton has achieved legendary iconic status in the world of art. He is one of the original nine Florida Highwaymen, and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. His paintings have been skyrocketing in price, and now are selling for thousands of dollars.
The Florida Highwaymen started painting in the 1950s and 1960s. A small group of nine found solace and comfort in their art, since they labored in the orange groves each day. A white man, Albert Backus (American 1906-1991) who was a renowned artist considered the "Dean of Florida Painters" mentored the Highwaymen, and contributed a great deal to their styles. Because they were African-American, they were not allowed in galleries. Typically they painted on inexpensive materials such as Upson board, a roofer's material, and they sold their work out of the trunks of their cars. With paintings still wet, they loaded their vehicles and traveled the state's east coast, selling them door-to-door and store-to-store, in restaurants, offices, courthouses, and bank lobbies. Their work was finally recognized in the 1990s, and since have received numerous honors. Their work is in the collections of many notables, including former President Barack Obama. They have had exhibits in the major galleries in Washington, D.C. and across the country. A documentary movie is supposedly in the works. It was delayed due to the Covid crisis.

I have tried to offer some smaller Highwaymen paintings that are still affordable but very high artistic quality. Many sellers are now trying to sell some lesser quality works BY SIZE! Size is only a factor if all other conditions are comparable. It is important to remember that many paintings by the original Florida Highwaymen were for quick commercial sales so definitely quality is an issue. I present only those works that reach the highest quality by my standards.

Also very much worth collecting are the Second Generation Movement artists. Tracy Newton, Sam's son. has obviously inherited quite a bit of talent from his iconic father. As a matter of fact, I mistook one of Tracy's paintings for that of his father! His prices have already been going up rapidly. I think of his work as having great investment value, as well as being fabulous! Other second generation Highwaymen include several progeny of Alfred Hair (Kelvin is a favorite of mine!), R. A. McLendon , and others.

Country of Origin: U. S. A.

Artist: Sam Newton (Samuel D. Newton b.1948) An original Florida Highwayman, Hall of Fame artist.

Medium: Oil on Upson Board.

Title: "Rain On Rio Mar"

Size: Artwork is 24 by 48 inches; framed it is 28 1/2 by 52 1/2 inches.

Signed: Lower Right.

Condition: Very Good Vintage Condition. The frame is a well-matched dark wood.

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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Sam Newton - Rio Mar - A174
53" (135 cm)
29" (74 cm)
American Impressionism, American Impressionist, Folk Art, Impressionism, Impressionist
Coastal, Tropical
Oil Paint
American Folk Art and Outsider Art, American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture, Impressionist and Modern Art
United States • American

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HALL OF FAME FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN -Sam Newton ( (American, b. 1948)- Large Museum Quality Oil Painting "Rain on Rio Mar"

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