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|Julie Enders was a member of the Indian River School of Painting, which
was not a formal school but was a group which began with mostly African-American
Florida working class people who wanted to paint. Following is the
explanation of that school and its participants.|
School is a name applied to Floridian artists in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
They were heavily influenced by nature. Most of the artists in this
movement were African American. Their work is characterized by quick
strokes and eschews traditional methods of paintings. The main influence
for the group was a man named A.E. Backus, a Bohemian white man who
mentored the group of young black artists. The group used to congregate
in his studio and learnt to paint from ‘Beanie’ (as he was called) as a
way out of their lower class labour jobs.
Their work was
powerful, dramatic yet captured the serenity and beauty of the Florida
countryside. No one knows how many artists A.E. Backus mentored, but
experts put the number at about 20, many of whom he put through college.
Many are still painting and sell their work in galleries and online.
Note some of their work is difficult to find because it exists in only
Famous Artists of the Indian River School of Art
A.E. Backus (‘Beanie’) – 1906-1955
Don D. Brown?
Margaret Z. Smith-1925-2005
Annie Nobles Miller
Famous Paintings and Art of the Indian River School
A.E. Backus (‘Beanie’) – Fire Sky
Don. D. Brown- The Offering
James Hutchinson- Jacaranda Shade Florida, Tropical Poinciana
Theresa Knowles-La Source and Ferns at the Spring
Jackie Schindehette-Double Red
Roseate Spoonbills-Jewels of Nature -
Museums, Galleries or Exhibitions of the Indian River School of Art
A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery-www.backusgallery.com
"The Indian River School of Art", The Art Institutes, http://www.arthistoryguide.com/Indian_River_School.aspx (Accessed 5/19/2013)
Written By Melissa Montgomery
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