Purvis Young was introduced to drawing by his uncle as a child and later regained and developed his interest in art during his three year sentence at Raiford State Penitentiary. After his release in 1964, Young found inspiration in the mural movements of Chicago and Detroit and began producing a mural on the boarded up storefronts on Goodbread Alley, in Overtown, FL. His muraleventually gained attention media attention, and lead to Young’s discovery by the owner of the Miami Art Museum, Bernard Davis. Young’s work has been exhibited at institutions including the American Folk Art Museum, The Rubell Family Collection, The High Museum, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others.
Assemblage of Crowd Scenes. Late 1970s
Paint on found wood. 98 1/2 × 58 × 2 1/2". Gift of T. Marshall Hahn Jr. 1995.22.2. Photo: Gavin Ashworth
American Folk Art Museum / Art Resource, NY. © 2017 Estate of Purvis Young / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York