Artist: Purvis Young
Title: Bus and Seven Brushes
Medium: Mixed Media, Hand-Painting on Sculpture
Size: 7-7/8" x 23-3/4"
Inscription: Signed "Young" on front
Documentation: Includes a Certificate of Authenticity from the Purvis Young Foundation
Known primarily for his original paintings, this extremely rare original Purvis Young Sculpture "Bus and Seven Brushes" showcases his compositional abilities three-dimensions while continuing to showcase his masterful work as a painter through its hand-painted details.
The form of the bus as the core of the sculpture is in-line with Young's frequent use of methods of transportation as symbols, often used to signify the movement of people, immigration, and themes of urban vs. rural life. On the sides of the bus, he has painted a row of repeated faces, another one of his commonly repeated symbols. Young has said that the faces are often people he knows, either personally or through their historical significance. In addition to the bus sculpture itself, this piece also includes seven of Young's used paintbrushes. The open top of the bus sculpture allows the brushes to be displayed inside the bus or next to it.
Purvis Young's Untitled Bus with Seven Brushes hand-painted mixed mediua sculpture is signed "Young" on the front and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from the Purvis Young Foundation.
About Purvis Young
Self-taught artist from a poverty stricken neighborhood of Miami, Purvis Young transformed his fraught yet inspired life experience into a unique and compelling visual vocabulary. Through a range of powerful symbols, he articulated the struggles and myths of his heritage.
Drawing from a range of sources such as documentaries, art books, American history and spiritual folklore, Young crafted an immense visual language comprised of motifs such as white horses offering freedom, halos signifying angles, pregnant women with the hope of tomorrow, processions and incarceration, among others. Telling simple, yet powerful stories of everyday life, the artist expressed his community and ethnic background. Using found objects from his neighborhood, such as cardboard, discarded political signs, used paper, doors, plywood scraps, metal sheets, carpet remnants, he transformed these surfaces into richly colored and highly expressionist paintings. Although Young is often associated with Outsider Art, his style could best be described as "Magic realism".
In 2016, his life and work were the subject of a feature documentary entitled Purvis of Overtown. He was a recipient of the Artists/Fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and was included into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame in 2018. 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, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.
The subjects of Purvis Young celebrated and historicized the neighborhood where he had spent his entire life. Even though his works chronicled struggle, they always contained an underlining hope for a better future.
Purvis Young was born in 1943 in Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida and died in 2010 in Miami. In 2015, almost 400 pieces of Young's art were donated by The Bass Museum of Art to the permanent collection in the Black Archives History and research Foundation of South Florida located in the heart of Purvis' hometown.