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Willie Daniels Paintings


Willie Daniels Painting

In spite of his era's cultural barriers, Willie Daniels' life unites diverse groups within today's art world with rich landscapes and signature gnarly oaks. Though more prominently known as one of 26 recognized "Highwaymen Artists" of Fort Pierce, Florida, Willie Daniels Paintings convey the heart of one. The Highwaymen was an association of young African-American artists who painted Florida landscape in 1950s.

Quietly emerging from garage sales and dusty corners into galleries, Willie Daniels paintings invite people into the world of an African American man making his way through layers of racism wreckage. Daniels was a day laborer in Fort Pierce hot citrus groves, enduring a community where division by race was still painfully restricting. But from fields and packing houses, his life took a colorful turn in the late 1950s. Daniels' days blurred into fruitful evenings wielding a quickly moving paintbrush, he learned oil painting on Upson board. This roofing material, now obsolete, was the best economical material for Daniels' limited budget as well as for other Highwaymen. You can see in Willie Daniels paintings as his art evolved vividly from A.E. Backus' style of oil painting, learning along with his brother, Johnny Daniels.

Willie Daniels' authentic style formed in a rush to make many paintings for financial gain. The hurried painter with unhindered approach, freely and richly moving palette knives and brush strokes bypassed the norm, breathing life into a world dominated by tradition. The artistic flair and friendships with fellow artists opened doors to buyers along with sheer effort. Seeking to earn more income, these Highwaymen artists blazed an arduous trail along Florida's highways and businesses, selling their works for as low as $25.00 a piece.

As a result, Willie Daniels paintings became part of a collection in great demand during the late 50s and 60s, sometimes signed by fellow artists just to satisfy customers preferring any one particular artist. The popularity of Willie Daniels paintings faded in the 70s to be rekindled in the 90s by interest in "outsider art". Some stories indicate Daniels became a truck driver and is re-focusing on tropical landscapes.

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.

 

Paintings For Sale

 

 

WILLIE DANIELS HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST

WD24X30-151

24X30 MASONITE BOARD

RIVER ROAD

$950.00

 

WILLIE DANIELS HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST 24X36

WD24X36-153

24X36 STRETCHED CANVAS PANEL

2010

RIOMAR BEACH

$1250.00

 

HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST WILLIE DANIELS 24X36

WD24X36-154

24X36 MASONITE BOARD

STORMY OCEAN

$950.00

 

WILLIE DANIELS HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST ROYAL POINCIANA

WD24X36-156

24X36 ARTIST CANVAS PANEL

ROYAL ON RIVER

$950.00

 

WILLIE DANIELS HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST RIOMAR BEACH

WD24X36-157

24X36 ARTIST CANVAS PANEL

RIOMAR BEACH

$950.00

 

FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST WILLIE DANIELS

WD24X36-158

24X36 ARTIST CANVAS PANEL

MORNING ON ST LUCIE RIVER

SOLD

 

WILLIE DANIELS HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST ST LUCIE RIVER

WD26X35-159

26X35 MASONITE BOARD PANEL

ST. LUCIE RIVER MORNING

SOLD

 

FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST WILLIE DANIELS 24X36

WD24X36-161

24X36 STRETCHED CANVAS PANEL

FULL MOON ON RIVER

$950.00

 

WILLIE DANIELS HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST

WD24X36-162

24X36 ARTIST CANVAS PANEL

PALMS ON RIVER

$950.00

 

FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST WILLIE DANIELS 24X36

WD24X36-163

24X36 ARTIST CANVAS PANEL

OCEAN NIGHT

$950.00

WILLIE DANIELS HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST

WD24X36-164

24X36 ARTIST CANVAS PANEL

OCEAN MORNING

$950.00

 

FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN ARTIST WILLIE DANIELS 24X36

WD24X36-165

24X36 ARTIST CANVAS PANEL

PALMS ON RIVER

$950.00

 

 

WD18X24-106

18X24 UPSON BOARD

1981

BACK COUNTRY FIRE SKY

$1200.00

 

 

 

WD24X36-112

24X36 UPSON BOARD

1970'S

BACK COUTRY SUMMER

$1500.00

 

WD16X20-121

16X20 ARTIST CANVAS PANEL

1999

FALL ON THE ST. LUCIE RIVER

$650.00

 

WD20X24-126

20x24 MASONITE BOARD

2008

MORNING ON THE ST. LUCIE RIVER

$750.00

 

WD24X36-133

24X36 UPSON BOARD

1970's

STORMY ST. LUCIE RIVER

$1500.00

 

WD24X36-136

24X36 UPSON BOARD

1960'S

 SUNSET ON INDIAN RIVER

$1500.00

 

WD24X36-137

24X36 UPSON BOARD

1960'S

BACK COUTRY SUNSET

$1500.00

 

 

WD24X30-146

24X30 UPSON BOARD

1970'S

BACK COUNTRY FIRE SKY

$1600.00

 

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