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BM+C Features Purvis Young’s Work

Burgess Modern and Contemporary is proud to showcase work by self-taught, Miami artist, Purvis Young.



Young, a high school dropout, began painting while incarcerated during his teen years. His work focused on blended collages and abstract painting styles, while often conveying a quest for freedom. His experiences as a black artist navigating a violent, segregated city and a disinterested, if not hostile, art world shows in much of his work.



He gained notable recognition for recurring themes in his work such as angels, wild horses, and urban landscapes. Through his works, he expressed social and racial issues, and served as an outspoken activist about politics and bureaucracy. He is credited with influencing Urban Expressionism.



Morehouse president Robert Michael Franklin stated “Purvis Young has used his art as social commentary and a catalyst for justice."

His work can be found in collections of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and two Smithsonian museums, along with many others. ~ Purvis Young (1943–2010) She’s an Angel, 1995 Mixed Media house paint on wood 31.50 x 21.50 in ~ For more information or to see more works by Purvis Young please contact us at 954–524–2100






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