Purvis Young: Works from the Collection

Jul 27 - Sept 22, 2013
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Artwork from Miami-born Purvis Young (1943-2010), a prolific self-taught artist whose works depicted life in Overtown, one of America’s poorest neighborhoods, is on display for Purvis Young: Works from the Collection.

An internationally recognized “outsider” artist, Young’s art reflect what he saw in the world, from soaring interstate highway overpasses, fleets of trucks, run-down streets, angry protests, funeral processions, teeming life, struggles, and violence. His works also depict fantastical elements such as glowing skies, rescuing boats, saints, and hovering angels. The medium for his art includes found objects such as broken furniture, to construction site trash, to discarded books.

Spanning almost four decades, Young’s artwork offers insight into his creative genius and its triumph over a legacy of urban poverty in America.


Purvis Young's "Pushin' on Through" at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Purvis Young (American 1943-2010), Pushin' on Through, circa 1985, paint on wood, 24 x 30 inches, BRMA Permanent Collection 2006.13.10 Gift of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami