Harold Newton Paintings
Harold Newton is
considered by some to be the founder of the Florida Highwaymen. He was
born in Gifford, Florida in 1934. In 1954 the 20 year old young and
unknown artist began travelling throughout the state to paint and sell
his works. Harold Newton had a keen sense of family; he sold his
paintings, door-to-door and from the trunk of his car, to support his
family's needs. His two brothers Sam and Lem soon followed suit, and his
daughter paints tribute art. He painted until 1993 when he suffered a
stroke, and left a large body of work that some estimate to be as many
as 40,000 paintings, at his death in June 1994.
Harold Newton paintings are primarily coastal landscapes, and many have
come to be representative of Florida's beauty. Newtons often depict
trees, sea and sky. Newton was especially known for his use of dramatic
colour contrasts, combining pastels with darker shadowed areas. His
brush strokes make each landscape seem to be viewed through salty ocean
spray. Overall his work is mildly impressionistic, much like a memory of
a scene glimpsed along his travels. Errors are common in highwaymen
pieces as the works were often sold while the oils were still wet.
Early Harold Newton paintings are painted in oil on Upson board or
Masonite, because the materials were less expensive than canvas for the
young artist. Later paintings are sometimes oils on stretched canvas.
Like many of the highwaymen artists he often used building materials to
reduce production costs, including house paint and home made easels.
Harold Newton paintings are known for unusual framing choices, including
Harold Newton paintings were designed to appeal to the common man, and
Harold originally sold each one for about $25. Today the same art often
sells for thousands of dollars, and Newton's Art is highly valued by
collectors. The art has become a documentation of Florida's expansion
and preservation of its beauty, and for this reason Harold Newton and 25
other Florida Highwaymen artists were inducted into the Florida Artists
Hall of fame in 2004.
PAINTINGS FOR SALE
24x30 MASONITE BOARD
24x36 MASONITE BOARD
18X24 MASONITE BOARD
24x30 MASONITE BOARD
15X24 MASONITE BOARD
24X30 ARTIST CANVAS BOARD
18x24 MASONITE BOARD
14X27 MASONITE BOARD