SPECIAL SALE * Original Florida Highwaymen HALL OF FAME ARTIST Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) - "The Eagle" -Original Signed Oil Painting - RARE Subject! - image 1 of 7

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This may well be the only eagle that Chico Wheeler ever painted. It is a dramatic depiction, in the vivid colors of a Florida sunset. The sun is setting over the water. We have a number of different species of hawks and eagles here. I am not sure which one this fine fellow is, only that he obviously impressed Chico Wheeler a great deal. There is a scratch in the upper right. I don't feel it detracts from the artwork since Florida Highwaymen paintings always have a quality of rough realism as opposed to the precise details that artists of another genre may prefer. We have reduced the price considerably for this relatively minor problem.

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 levels, due to the number of better pieces coming to market.

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.

He was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004 as one of the Original Florida Highwaymen. Highwaymen art is in the Smithsonian, as well as many major museums and galleries.

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.

Country of Origin: U. S. A.

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

Title: The Eagle.

Medium: Oil on Board.

Size: 24 by 24 inches. It is unframed.

Signed: Lower Left.

Condition: There is a scratch in the upper right. Otherwise Very Good Vintage Condition..

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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Chico Wheeler - Eagle -- A194
American Folk Art and Outsider Art, American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture, Impressionist and Modern Art
Oil Paint
American Impressionism, American Impressionist, Folk Art, Impressionism, Impressionist, Naturalistic
24" (61 cm)
24" (61 cm)
United States • American

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SPECIAL SALE * Original Florida Highwaymen HALL OF FAME ARTIST Charles (Chico) Wheeler (1946-2019) - "The Eagle" -Original Signed Oil Painting - RARE Subject!

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