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Purvis Young

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.

Young 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 r  ...  Displaying 750 of 3752 characters.

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About  Purvis Young

Born:  1943 - LIberty City, Florida
Died:   2010
Known for:  mod naive urban views, installation