The bellows of the angelic figure grace the ears of those listening for the holy songs of emancipation in Purvis Young’s painting, “Three Angels, while the Bronze sculpture of Gustavo Torres is a metaphor for the journey of life. One watches over the other in New River Fine Art
Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)
Three Angels, circa 1980's
Acrylic on board
24 x 48 x 0.75 in
Symbolic Forms of Life III, 2016
Unique Bronze Sculpture
18 x 7 x 25 in
Purvis Young creates art from a gut instinct, using materials found from the streets of Miami’s inner city. The resulting work constitutes powerful and honest art of the last thirty years. Young’s work expresses his heartfelt concern for his community’s roots and lifelong friends. The abundance of pregnant women populating the neighborhood, the hustle, bustle and chaos in the street, the infusion of boat people, the trucks passing above on the elevated interstate, funerals, celebrations, wars, soldiers, and Blues music men populate his oeuvre.
Gustavo Torres gives his bronze sculptures, which resemble those of antiquity, the breath of life by capturing gestures such as the sway of a woman's hips, a figure’s glance or a dog's upturned ear. The rough finish on his sculpture invites touch and contemplation. "My goal is to capture the spirit of the form," he says. "You do this by using the least amount of material possible. This is the most difficult—finding the essence.