Oil on canvas 40"x30"
2011 Inductee to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame
James Hutchinson - Bowlegs Trail
James Hutchinson - Premier Florida Artist -
A cultural landscape and historical narrative painter born in 1932 and raised in Stuart, James Frederick Hutchinson’s award-winning images of Florida’s back country and native wildlife are held by national collectors, museums, libraries, and universities. One of Florida’s finest master artists, he is particularly renowned for his early documentation of Indian culture funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation. Mr. Hutchinson’s years living among the Seminole and Miccosukee in the 1960s produced the first paintings of tribal elders and their families in the Everglades at a time when Florida’s native people had not yet fully engaged mainstream society. This historically accurate work is now included in the permanent collections of HistoryMIAMI and the Elliott Museum in Stuart. Commemorative prints of these were published in Florida’s Official Bicentennial Book, and gifted to international heads of state. His artwork has contributed to six Florida books and countless publications.
“James Frederick Hutchinson is an artist whose work evokes the native soul of Florida,” said Secretary Roberts. “His long years of bringing our natural and historical landscapes to his easel, has forever placed these images in a context where our descendents will be able to appreciate the state’s many wonders.”
Mr. Hutchinson’s later paintings and sculpture have been collected internationally, and he continues to receive commissions to depict the natural wonders of this state and of the State of Hawaii, where he also has an art studio.