Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)

Protest in the Morning , Circa 1999
Paint on Canvas mounted on Wood with carpet frame
35.50 x 20 in (90.17 x 50.80 cm)
An intertwined subject binds itself up in a defiant stance of undeniable energy, exerting a power to lead the people. The two headed figure walks among the gesturally painted protesters. They are amassed, partaking in a jubilation for justice. Marchers mobilize in the atmospheric purity that can only be found in the golden glow of the morning light. The left head of the main figure is adorned with a gilded halo, an angelic guardian watching over those in the background. This protector echoes the vertical posture of the red-headed and bloodied right flank. Injured but resilient, this side and its immediate opposite are but one in the same. Two dichotomies stand together, balanced in battle for the fight in the ever-increasing need for civil justice. The non-obedient and spiritual knotted together illuminate the way forward, a beacon of hope for those depicted by the artist. They march and demonstrate well aware of the concerns that plague them¬—social injustices, systematic racism, and economic exploitations.
Protest in the Morning by Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)

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