Robert Butler (artist)
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (March 2014)|
|Born||September 25, 1943
|Died|| (aged 70)
|Known for||Paintings depicting Florida's Wildlife and Landscapes|
|Board member of||The Florida Highwaymen LLC (Pres.)|
|Children||Robert Jr., Daniel, David (deceased)
Samuel, Dorene, Timothy
Michael (deceased), Aletha, Angela
|Parent(s)||Annie Talifer Butler|
Robert Butler (September 25, 1943 – March 19, 2014) was an American painter best known for his portrayals of the woods and backwaters around Florida's Everglades. He was a member of the well-known African-American artist's group, The Highwaymen.
Butler was born in the small timber and farming community of Baxley, Georgia, on September 25, 1943. Raised by his mother, Annie Talifer Butler, who always took time to instill the principles of faith and compassion in her family, Butler considers his upbringing as "classically American."
In 1947, Butler moved to Okeechobee, Florida, where he later became intimately familiar with the woods and waters of the Florida Everglades, and especially Lake Okeechobee, that feature prominently in his paintings.
His professional career began in 1968. In the early days, he often sold his paintings door-to-door or on the roadside. He honed his skills by creating upwards of one hundred paintings per year. Despite a lack of formal training, Robert developed his own style, which was exemplified by dramatically-lit and romanticized portrayals of landscapes.
Butler died on March 19, 2014 at the age of 70.
- Pera, Eric (March 19, 2014) Noted Landscape Painter Robert Butler Dies. The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida). The Ledger, Retrieved March 19, 2014.
- Collection of Robert Butler paintings at Florida's Second District Court Of Appeals
- Robert Butler (20th Century) at Ask Art - The Artists' Bluebook
- Interior Landscape
- SFCC Museum of Fine Arts and Culture
- Highwaymen Artist LLC
- Research Robert Butler, AskArt.Com-The Artists Bluebook-Worldwide Edition!
- Elissa Rudolph, thesis about the history of the Highwaymen including interviews with their children.
- Highwaymen paintings lost in fire
- The Highwaymen Artist Robert Butler on YouTube
- Explosion/Fire Destroys Millions In Highwaymen Paintings on YouTube
- Video about the Highwaymen by WMFE-TV
- Portrait of a Father And Artist, Tampa Tribune Father's Day article
- The Arts Connection: Arts & Culture in Central Florida
- Cyberhighwaymen at redbubble.com
- Cyberhighwaymen at imagekind.com