Purvis Young Collection Donated to Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers received a donation of 31 paintings by African-American artist Purvis Young from the Miami-based Rubell Family Collection. The artwork will become part of the permanent collection of the university’s art gallery.

Purvis Young is 66 years old. He first came to the attention of the art world in the 1970s for his murals in alleys in the Overtown section of Miami. His collection includes scenes of street life painted on such surfaces as old signs and tabletops.