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The Works of A.E. Backus
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The Museum's permanent collection includes the largest public presentation of the works of A.E. "Bean" Backus (American, 1906-1990). Additionally, key paintings are on loan to share the beautiful and powerful story of Florida's "painter laureate." ​​

In addition to representative work from his earliest forays into fine art at the age of 16, through his rare paintings made during World War II, the Museum displays works from his most productive years (The Old Studio, 1945-1959) as well as the masterful works from his notable final years (The New Studio, 1960-1990).

The artist's easel with his last unfinished painting, with beloved objects from his studio, transport visitors to what it was like to pay him a visit -- his studio door was always open to all.
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A.E. Backus (1906-1990). [TOP] The Marble Game - Avenue D, Fort Pierce, Florida, c.1952. Oil on canvas. In Memory of William H. Long.
[ABOVE] Market in Bombay (Mumbai), c.1944. Watercolor on paper. Gift of the Family of Olie & Dan McCarty.
Spanish Bayonets on the Indian River, c.1960. Oil on canvas. Museum Acquisition.

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The Florida Highwaymen
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From the Brewer Collection
Working as a court reporter in the late 1950s, Gary Brewer’s profession required him to travel to the courthouses in no fewer than eight counties of Florida’s original Ninth Judicial Circuit, including those on the Treasure Coast. He noticed the distinctive landscape paintings adorning the chambers of judges whom he would visit in the course of his duties, and began to inquire about them. He tracked down one of the artists, Harold Newton (1934-1994), and gradually became a patron, partner, and friend.

Brewer began amassing a personal collection of paintings by the artists that would later be known as the Highwaymen. Based in Titusville, his passion for Newton’s work opened up a new northerly market for the artist, who found fresh customers further up the road. Over his lifetime, Brewer owned more than 100 paintings by Newton, Alfred Hair (1941-1970), and other Highwaymen artists.

Works from the original Brewer Collection are on loan from Roger Lightle.

Harold Newton (1934-1994). Street Scene (Jamaica?), no date. Oil on Upson Board. Collection of Roger Lightle.

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