JAMES F. HUTCHINSON
Keeping the Beat at the Backus Studio, 1951
Crossing the boundaries between race and color music was a great outlet for many artist. Although jazz music was common at the Backus studio in the 1950's, hosting social engagements with mixed race was not yet common in the time of segregation. While the police were known to occasionally break up parties and gatherings, the studio was a haven where the "Backus Brats" found social and artistic freedom early on.
James Hutchinson’s Florida art was inspired from his time living with the Seminole Indian tribes on the Brighton reservation in Florida where James and his wife, Joanie, lived with the Seminole people for six years. His art has become known worldwide for their portrayal of Florida and its Heritage.