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 Roy McClendon  (1938 - )

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Lived/Active: Florida      Known for: folk art, naive-landscape painting

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Ad Code: 4
Roy A McLendon
from Auction House Records.
Florida landscape with Poinciana tree by waters edge
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Following is the AskART Glossary definition of Highwaymen, which included Roy McClendon.

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. Original members were James Gibson, Alfred Hair, Harold Newton and Livingston Roberts.  The only female member was Mary Ann Carroll. 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.

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Biography from Firestone Fine Art - II:
Roy McClendon is one of a group of Florida folk artists commonly known as the Highwaymen. The Highwaymen were a group of itterant black artists living in the Fort Pierce/Vero Beach, Florida area.

They painted in a style reminiscent of A.E.Backus, a well-known white artist living in the same area.

McClendon was and is one of the more noted artists of this group. His early works on Upson board characterize the highwaymen spirit for their charm and simplicity.

Submitted by Glenn Firestone

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