Miami Riots is a painting depicting the race riots that occurred in Miami, Florida, starting in earnest on May 18, 1980, following the acquittal of four Dade County Public Safety Department officers in the death of Arthur McDuffie.
Paint on board, framed 27 x 22 inches
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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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