HALL OF FAME FLORIDA HIGHWAYMAN  Artist  S. M. (Sylvester) Wells (American b. 1938) - Outstanding Original Signed Oil "Storm on Rio Mar" - image 1 of 10

ORIGINAL FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN - S. M. (Sylvester) Wells (American b. 1938) - Mr. Wells has lost his sight; so sad that he has been unable to continue his art. This painting is outstanding. The sky is beautiful and foretelling of a coming storm. The place is Rio Mar - a perfectly wonderful scene for an artist to paint. Many (or most) of the Florida Highwaymen loved Rio Mar, and scenes of Rio Mar at varying times of day, in varying weather conditions, are especially attractive for any Highwaymen art collection.

Sylvester Wells paintings are exciting. His art shows the sky as more than a background; he makes it an exciting part of the artwork. Even the movement of the water, and the birds - His artwork has a style that is quite recognizable, and quite different from the other Florida Highwaymen.

Wells was born in 1938 and began painting in 1957. He sold his paintings around the Cocoa Beach, Florida, area. “We didn’t congregate,” Wells told a reporter for the Tampa Tribune. “We were just trying to put food on the table.”

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. 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. They were not allowed in galleries, so they sold 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 was rediscovered in the mid 1990's, and today is recognized as the work of noteworthy American folk artists.

Country of Origin: U. S. A.

Artist: S. M. (Sylvester) Wells (American b. 1938)

Medium: Oil on Upson board.

Size: Artwork is 12 by 24 inches; Framed 13 by 25 inches.

Signed: Lower right.

Condition: Very Good Vintage Condition. Frame is also in Very Good 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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Sylvester Wells A147
American Folk Art and Outsider Art, American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture, Impressionist and Modern Art
Oil Paint
American Impressionism, Folk Art, Impressionism, Impressionist, Naturalistic
Coastal, Tropical
13" (33 cm)
25" (64 cm)
United States • American

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HALL OF FAME FLORIDA HIGHWAYMAN Artist S. M. (Sylvester) Wells (American b. 1938) - Outstanding Original Signed Oil "Storm on Rio Mar"

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