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Purvis Young
Title: Horses and Dancers
Medium: Painting on found board
Size: 15 x 30 inches
Year: 2000

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Purvis Young (February 4, 1943 – April 20, 2010) was an African American artist from the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Young’s work, often a blend of collage and painting, utilizes found objects and the experience of African Americans in the south. A self-taught artist, Young gained recognition as a cult contemporary self-taught artist, with a collectors’ following including the likes of Jane Fonda, Damon Wayans, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, among others. In 2006 a feature documentary entitled Purvis of Overtown was produced about his life and work. His work is found in the collections of the American Folk Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Folk Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. The Purvis Young Museum is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Purvis Young (February 4, 1943 – April 20, 2010) was an African American artist from the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Young’s work, often a blend of collage and painting, utilizes found objects and the experience of African Americans in the south. A self-taught artist, Young gained recognition as a cult contemporary self-taught artist, with a collectors’ following including the likes of Jane Fonda, Damon Wayans, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, among others. In 2006 a feature documentary entitled Purvis of Overtown was produced about his life and work. His work is found in the collections of the American Folk Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Folk Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. The Purvis Young Museum is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.