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Purvis Young (American, 1943–2010)
LOT ID: 62912
Untitled, ie. circa 1990

Mixed Media, Housepaint and carpet, on wood panel
73 х 35 in. (185.42 x 88.9 cm.)
Signed, "Young", center
Lot description
Purvis Young drew inspiration from his urban landscape and the people who inhabited it. As a self-taught artist, Young used found objects to create expressive representations of his culture in an art informel manner. Painted on scraps of carpet attached to a wood panel, this untitled depiction of two musicians wonderfully demonstrates Young’s style and inspiration.

Purvis Young (1943-2010) was a celebrated American Outsider artist from Southern Florida. A self-taught artist, who dropped out of high school, Young developed his style from his urban surroundings and often said that art turned his life around. As a result his work often addressed concepts dealing with poverty, crime, and social issues. He often used discarded objects as his medium to paint on including doors, cardboard, windows, and pieces of wood. Young also worked on numerous large scale installations and murals, many of which are located in his hometown of Miami, FL including his 1972 ‘Goodbread Alley’ mural and his 1986 work on the Miami Dade Metrorail station.

SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:
American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
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