I learn something new every time I visit the Misfits pages on Facebook. Outsider art, visionary art, self-taught, raw vision…there are a lot of interesting labels for art that isn’t easily categorized. Initially such art was considered “untrained” but even that is no longer a fixed thing. Anyway, I have loved outsider art for many years, and always want to know more.
Purvis Young with his early painting installation in Goodbread Alley that gained him notice in Miami.
Purvis Young (February 4, 1943 – April 20, 2010) was an American artist from the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Young’s work, often a blend of collage and painting, utilizes found objects and the experience of African Americans in the south. Young gained recognition as a cult contemporary artist. In 2006 a feature documentary titled Purvis of Overtown was produced about his life and work. His work is found in the collections of the American Folk Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the High Museum of Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and others. In 2018, he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.