(1943 - 2010)
Purvis Young was active/lived in Florida. Purvis Young is known for mod naive urban views, installation.
The work of the urban black vernacular artist, Purvis Young, has
roots in the dreamy fields of high art subject matter-evoking Picasso
in its riders, its elegant horses, its nudes. At the same time it
is filled with the energy and syncretism of the world's
vanguard-American urban Black culture. It is to "outsider art"
what be bop is to the blues. The subject matter rides on a thick
layer of color, attention, choice, free-swinging composition that
refers to a thousand years of composition before it.
lives and works in Overtown, a neighborhood in Miami cut off by the
highway overpasses that loom over it. He is "of the community,
but is also, now, of the larger art world as well." He has
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