* SPECIAL SALE *  Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait* SPECIAL SALE *  Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait* SPECIAL SALE *  Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait* SPECIAL SALE *  Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait* SPECIAL SALE *  Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait* SPECIAL SALE *  Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait* SPECIAL SALE *  Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait* SPECIAL SALE *  Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait* SPECIAL SALE *  Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait* SPECIAL SALE *  Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait* SPECIAL SALE *  Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait

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Chico Wheeler liked to paint some paintings reflecting his personal life. While he was a very private person, he showed more of himself in these different paintings. This is a self portrait of Chico inside his home studio. The painting on the wall even bears his signature, albeit small. The work on the easel was originally of a nude, but for whatever reason he chose to have it painted over by an up and coming superb young artist, Mark Stanford. Mark's poinciana paintings are always quite detailed and very desirable. So this painting has the expertise of both Chico and Mark.
This painting correctly pictures the low light that Chico painted in; only the light through his small window. This may well increase in value ahead of other of Chico's paintings because of the very unique fact that it has been painted by two different but excellent artists.

Chico painted a lot of "bread and butter" paintings that were not his best quality. For this reason, for a long time his work did not appreciate as quickly as other Florida Highwaymen. Recently his prices have been rising to similar prices, due to the number of better pieces coming to market. Look through the Chico Wheeler paintings I have listed,and you will see the difference. I am offering some of his interior scenes. Most of the Highwaymen concentrated on landscapes. But Chico occasionally would paint an interior scene, sometimes a self-portrait. (The other Florida Highwayman who would paint something "different" was Sylvester Wells, albeit very rarely. We have the Wells father-daughter self portrait in chains, perhaps to remind himself that he is a lucky man to live in post-slavery times. ) Charles "Chico" Wheeler was a very private person who likes to keep the details of his life to himself.
We know that Charles began his painting career by making frames for Alfred Hair. He started painting sometime in the mid to late 1960s. Like most of the other Highwaymen, he took to the roadways to sell his work. He supplemented his income from painting by working in the Fort Pierce and Vero citrus groves. In the early days, he would paint with Livingston after a full day of work.
Inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004 as one of the Original Florida Highwaymen.

Who were the Highwaymen? A group of young African-American landscape and skyscape painters, these artists painted their way out of the despair awaiting them as workers in Florida citrus groves and packing houses of the 1950s. Their major influence was Albert Backus (1906-1991), a white man often referred to as the Dean of Florida painters who had a fanciful formula involving huge cumulus clouds billowing over the ocean. The Highwaymen created hybrid versions of his style, and their work is sometimes characterized as motel art. 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. In succeeding decades, however, Highwaymen paintings were consigned to attics and garage sales. Their work has been rediscovered in the mid 1990's, and today is recognized as the work of American folk artists.

ARTIST: Charles "Chico" Wheeler (American b. 1946 - 2019)

Title: "Self Portrait In My Studio"

Medium: Oil on Masonite.

Size: Sight 24 by 32 inches; Framed 27 by 35 inches.

Signed: Lower Left.

Condition: Very Good.

Authentication: ALL of our Highwaymen paintings have been authenticated by the recognized authority on Highwaymen paintings, Mr.Paul Barratini. COAs from Mr. Barratini shall be included. They are currently on order.

***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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ITEM ID
Wheeler/Stanford -078
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
STYLE
American Impressionism, American Impressionist, Folk Art, Impressionism, Impressionist
THEME
Eclectic
MEDIA
Oil Paint
GENRE
American Folk Art and Outsider Art, American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture, Impressionist and Modern Art
ORIGIN
United States • American
WIDTH
35" (89 cm)
HEIGHT
27" (69 cm)

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* SPECIAL SALE * Original Florida Highwaymen Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) Self Portrait

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