Updated: Apr 6
Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)
Drawing from the 1990's #443
Acrylic Paint on Found Object
14 .25 x 8.5 in
Purvis Young unequivocally expressed societal and racial issues, serving as an early activist through his art - thoughtfully dissecting politics and bureaucracy. Originally labeled as an Outsider Artist for his lack of formal art education, Contemporary collectors now consider him a pioneer and early forefather to the Street Art movement. He utilized a new type of urban storytelling, employing a graphic tale that is unique, fresh, and raw - often coined Urban or Social Expressionism.
Young often painted on wood, paper, and found objects he would source from dumpsters, garbage cans, litter, and numerous unconventional locations; as referenced in this image.
Available at Burgess Modern + Contemporary