Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)

A Day of Protests, Circa 1999
Paint on wood panel
14 x 72.25 in (35.56 x 183.52 cm)
The ecstatic feeling of expression and the right of nonviolent free assembly creates a panoramic landscape of those that heard the call to gather. The protesters seem to float in the infinite space of blended color swatches, a background that transforms from white, yellow, and pink, to blue. However, danger is afoot. The provocateurs, painted in red, disrupt the peaceful demonstration, intent on causing trouble. Infiltrated, the people are betrayed by their rank and file, permeated by the falsehoods of change. With raised fists and hands in the air, the people’s voices are drowned out by the instigator’s deceptive actions. The red blood, painted in the foreground, oozes, and spreads out from the violent clashing of opposition. It runs deep, beyond the picture plane, and into the viewers space. Civil disobedience and pacifisms is met with brutality and bloodshed, yet the pure push on, devoted to the struggle of positive transformation in their cities, neighborhoods, and lives.
A Day of Protests by Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)

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