American Folk Art Museum 4
This grouping highlights works made between the 1970s and 1990s by Florida-based artist Purvis Young from the American Folk Art Museum’s collection.
Collection Loan Partnership Available Summer 2023 – Summer 2027
About the Artworks
This selection of works by Purvis Young features the iconic style of the self-taught artist working in his home state of Florida between the 1970s and 1990s. Young was inspired to pursue art after spending three years in prison at North Florida’s Raiford State Penitentiary in the early 1960s. Born in 1942, the artist was influenced as a child by his uncle who worked as a sign painter. While he did not receive a formal education in the arts, the artist reclaimed the creative interests of his youth by studying art books and producing small drawings. Living in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Young soon migrated his work to the discarded plywood of local boarded up storefronts. In producing these unexpected murals, the artist was recognized by his community, specifically the leadership at the Miami Art Museum, and received commissions for his work. Until his death in 2010, the artist explored the social and cultural narratives of the United States through visual commentary and non-traditional materials.
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Art Bridges covers all costs to prepare and ship the artworks to the borrowing museums. The foundation encourages borrowing museums to apply for accompanying Learning & Engagement funding to support the activation and interpretation of Collection Loan Partnership artworks. Learning & Engagement funding supports multidisciplinary programming, interpretive materials, and community outreach.