Self-Taught Art

Purvis Young

Purvis Young is an international star among Outsider artists; his artworks are included in major private and museum collections. His paintings are descriptions of the artist’s understandings–revelations of a moral vision. Young painted on scrap wood in his Miami inner city neighborhood of Overtown. Viewer are challenged to decipher his portrayal of life on the mean streets, to determine just how something so abstract can seem so real; how something so tenuous can ring so true; how something so anti-aesthetic can be so beautiful.