Willie Daniels has used the sky to create masterpieces of color. This is an excellent example. He has captured the beautiful sunset over the St. Lucie River, which nurtures varied flora and fauna, since the St. Lucie River receives some water from the Atlantic, blending salt and fresh water at the South fork. He so deserves the honor of having been inducted into the Floida Hall Of Fame. He is one of the original Highwaymen.
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, 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.
Willie Daniels’ paintings are technically skilled and emotionally strong. He grew up watching his neighbors Harold Newton and Roy McLendon paint. Willie Daniels paintings, with their classic nail-etched "W. Daniels" decree, paint their own image of an evolving scene of unity within the art world, calling the elite and the outsiders together in appreciation for the resilience of soul.
As was the case with other Highwaymen, Willie learned by watching. By the mid-1960s, he was creating his own work. He imitated Harold Newton the most. “Harold was Number One,” he once said. “Everyone wanted to be like him. Masterpieces off the top of his head.” Willie would show his finished paintings to Harold for a critique, however, Harold rarely commented on anyone’s work. The most advice Willie ever got from Harold was to lower his horizon line.
When riots broke out in Fort Pierce on April 8, 1968, after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Daniels was arrested for a curfew violation. He was a young man during the Civil Rights Movement and he felt the rage of racism. Like others in his community, he wanted a better life and was willing to work for it. However, when the demand for landscape paintings faded in the 1970s and Willie had to find other work.
Much more information can be found on "Highwaymans Trail" as well as the Florida Department of State Dept of Cultural Affairs..
PLEASE NOTE: A very recent sale (December, 2017) of one of Willie Daniel's paintings at Burchard realized $8,000.00. There have been higher prices in galleries around the country.
Country of Origin: U. S. A.
Artist: WILLIE DANIELS (American, born 1950)
Title: "St. Lucie Sunset"
Medium: Oil on Canvas.
Size: 18 by 20 inches; framed 21 by 27 inches.
Signed Lower Right.
Condition: Minor imperfection professionally restored. Excellent Condition overall.
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 FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN - Willie Daniels - "St. Lucie Sunset"