Rough and Windy Coastal Scene
- Harold Newton was a member of the Florida Highwaymen, a group of self-taught artists who worked in Florida starting in the 1950s. The Highwaymen leveraged their entrepreneurial spirit to create an independent artistic tradition during the era of segregation. The group was made up of twenty-five men and one woman. Their art provided an alternative livelihood to the regional agricultural and factory work. Though he had no formal training, Newton was informally mentored by the successful artist A.E. “Bean” Backus from Fort Pierce, Fl. Harold’s brothers, Sam and Lemuel, were also painters.
- The group created a great quantity of work, often dozens of paintings per day, which would be sold inexpensively. The paintings depict Florida landscapes and are renowned for their vibrant colors and serene scenes. Like other Highwaymen, Newton sold his paintings door to door and out of his car along roadways. This practice led Jim Finch, a Sebring Florida gallery owner, to name the group the “Highwaymen” in a 1995 essay, prompting a renewed public interest. In 2004, they were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
- Fort Pierce and the Florida Humanities Council. “The Highwaymen Trail.” 2012. https://thehighwaymentrail.com/bibliography/.
- Oil painting of the coast in windy weather with palm trees and seagulls. The painting (a) has low green vegetation covering small dunes in the foreground. There is a palm tree with a curved trunk blowing in the wind on the right. Two (2) palm trees are in the distance. The water is depicted in blue and green with whitecaps. There are seagulls in the center of the image and on the shore. The sky is mostly covered by large white clouds over the light blue sky. The painting is signed in the bottom right.
- The wooden frame (b) is made from repurposed construction materials. The frame is painted white with gold-colored paint lightly applied over top. The board is secured to the frame with small nails. A metal wire anchored with a screw eye on each side is strung across the upper back.
- Data Source
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Created by
- Harold Newton, American, 1934 - 1994
- ca. 1968
- Credit Line
- Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Robert and Flory Kahn in memory of Wolf and Tybe Kahn
- oil paint on fiberboard
- H x W x D (framed): 22 1/4 × 28 1/2 × 2 1/4 in. (56.5 × 72.4 × 5.7 cm)
- oil paintings