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Purvis Young, Angel Ascension, 1980s

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A captivating work featuring oil painting on found board by self-taught artist Purvis Young (February 4, 1943-April 20, 2010). The work depicts a scene of an angel ascending to the heavens via a starry sky, while being watched by a multitude of the artist's instantly recognizable spirit figures below. The color palette ranges from yellow to black and grey with hints of pale pink, pastel blue, teal and green. Purvis Young was a Miami, Florida native whose works, blends of collage and painting, utilized found objects and portrayed the experience of African Americans in the south and in his adoptive neighborhood, Overtown. Young gained recognition as a contemporary artist, with a collectors' following including celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, among others, and his works are highly sough after. In 2006, the documentary Purvis of Overtown was produced about his life and work. His work can be found in the collections of over 58 museums nationwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian, The American Folk Art Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, etc. An amazing work for any admirer or collector of fine Folk or Outsider Art.

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  • Condition
    Excellent. As intended by artist.
  • Dimensions

    H 45 in. x W 31.75 in. x D 0.5 in.

    H 114.3 cm x W 80.65 cm x D 1.27 cm

  • Seller location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference number
    LU195837978163

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