|About the Book|
Highwaymen Artists: An Untold Truth is the story of the Florida Highwaymen artists from the perspective of Robert Butler. This book focuses only on Robert Butlers Highwaymen years. Find his complete autobiography in Timeless Echoes: The Life and ArtMoreHighwaymen Artists: An Untold Truth is the story of the Florida Highwaymen artists from the perspective of Robert Butler. This book focuses only on Robert Butlers Highwaymen years. Find his complete autobiography in Timeless Echoes: The Life and Art of Robert Butler. Highwaymen Artists is very unique in that it includes 43 of the approximately 200 Robert Butler paintings that were lost in a horrific fire in Lakeland, Florida, February 10, 2008. Regarding this book, Robert said, The late 1960s should have been the worst time in United States history for African Americans to be peddling primitive art on the streets of Florida! But looking back at the collectors of my paintings offers me the picture of an alternate subliminal reality, a place of heart wherein the love of art transcended the moment. I am now enlightened, believing that true artists are defined neither by ethnicity nor nationality, but by their ability to articulate a meaningful perception of life. Perhaps that is why my art is conspicuously absent of any narrative of the human drama that characterized life during its creation. Tested amid that great caldron of American history, the Highwaymens passionate pursuit of the American dream reflects only the best of what we are. That is what made painting the world of my beloved Florida so special. If it is true that each persons work is a self portrait, the sketch of life that I have devoted to the fabric of American culture is my picture painted in the hues of passion for the place I love. To that end my story seeks to convey not only my unique perspective on American life as an artist, but also to articulate what it was like to experience a sensory world where every valid equation of sight, sound, and color heightened every nuance of an historical moment. The story of my Highwaymen years is not only an historical calendar of the events, people, and places that shaped the artist I became, it also parallels the quickening of Americas pulse at the epicenter of an historical time, the Civil Rights Era. For all Americans it was a time to question the spiritual narrative of our dreams anew and to discover the color of our passion amid the changing order of American life. For me, it all unfolded along the highways of Florida beginning in 1968. The thoughts, facts, and reflections found in this book developed during the years herein characterized as my Highwaymen years. Many are my personal eye witness account of events. Other sources include historical research of American art prior to the Civil War and discussions with fellow Highwaymen artists and Highwaymen art collectors. James Fitch (author who coined the name), Geoff Cook (major collector of Highwaymen art), and many other personal owners of our art have also contributed.