Purvis Young Collection

The Purvis Young Collection features 109 paintings by south Florida-based artist Purvis Young. His work draws from both his geographical and political environments. Using discarded utilitarian objects -- including wood, carpet, cardboard, metal and rubber – Young transforms the materials into objects codified by his personal system of symbols that reflect the social impact of the poverty, drugs, crime and displacement he sees in his surroundings. Much of the material that he uses comes directly from his Overtown neighborhood, one of the oldest and now most impoverished areas of Miami.

Untitled, 1985-1999
Paint on wood
44 x 48 in.
Untitled, 1985-1999
Paint on Masonite
48 x 16 in.
   
Untitled, 1985-1999
Paint on wood
48 x 24 ½ in.

Untitled, 1985-1999
Paint on wood
18 ¼ x 13 ½ in.

   

Untitled, 1985-1999
Paint on canvas and cardboard with carpet
93 x 24 in.

Untitled, 1985-1999
Paint on wood
48 x 45 in.