Wild Wonders: Vanishing Florida of AE Backus

Albert Ernest “Beanie” Backus (1906–1990) was a true character, a man whose art and life were American originals. Famous for his vivid Florida landscapes capturing the fast-vanishing wild lands of pre-WW2 Florida, he was equally famous for his generosity, his eccentricity, his teaching skill and his prodigious and diverse artistic output, spanning nearly 70 years. In cooperation with POBA’s partner, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, we see some of the beautifully rendered paintings Backus created, primarily of the Indian River and Everglades areas of Florida. See more.