Purvis Young


A collection of nine works by well-known self-taught artist Purvis Young was acquired from a private collector in New York. Young communicated a social message with his work, depicting poverty, crime, and other issues he was exposed to in his community of Miami (Overtown), FL. Young often painted on found items, including doors, cardboard and pieces of wood. His art helped him turn his life around after serving a term in prison for breaking and entering in the mid-1960’s. Young’s work can be seen in the collections of Washington D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, etc. His art has been shown in galleries and museums across the U.S. and Europe. 

These nine works by Purvis Young were added to the collection of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in 2010.