Boat People

slave ships painting by purvis young at roots up gallery.jpg
slave ships painting by purvis young at roots up gallery.jpg

Boat People

3,375.00

Boat People is a painting on linen depicting people trying to reach freedom.

Paint on linen, framed 30 x 34".

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“I mostly see the boat people struggling. I see them on the news, where the boats turn over, or they get turned around, sent back. Sometimes I put sharks in my art, boats turning over with sharks around. Sometimes sharks keep peoples from getting to freedom. Sharks let you know it's dangerous coming across to Florida. Sharks are part of everybody's environment.” - Souls Grown Deep xcerpt from conversations with Purvis Young, William Arnett, and Larry Clemons in 1994 and 1995.

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Purvis Young is a self-taught artist infamous for his powerful, urban impressionistic paintings of inner city life and conflict. Much of his works are a blend of collage and painting often utilizing found objects. Angels, wild horses, funerals, pregnant women, railroad tracks, boats and squiggly figures prevail throughout his work; scenes of social unrest, a reflection of his daily life in the city, is a common theme of Young’s. He said “God didn’t put me on earth to say much, he put me here to paint.”

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