Original James Gibson Highwaymen - Oil on Board - 1960’s
27” X 51” with original James Gibson handmade frame
Childhood friends with fellow Highwaymen Alfred Hair, James Gibson was a founding member of the original Highwaymen group. Gibson was a savvy businessman and learned what was popular and sold best, paying attention to décor he encountered on the road and which colors were selling best. He was one of the few Highwaymen who worked as an artist steadily throughout his life, and never left painting for other work.
Several of Gibson’s works have hung in the White House, as well as in the Florida State Capitol, and Florida Supreme Court, and two even featured prominently in the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can. Owners of Gibson’s works include both Presidents Bush, as well as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood. Inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004 and the recipient of the Florida Ambassador Art Award in 2005, James Gibson died on August 15, 2017 at the age of 79.