Keeper of the Flame, 1999

The artist Purvis Young is all about the Real. He lives in a modern age of web sites, world class museum exhibitions, National Endowment of the Arts recognition and pop culture notoriety. While firmly entrenched in the present, however, the world he inhabits is timeless. Imagine that an artist is a contemporary maharishi – divine historian, a prophet. The voice is of the past, the vernacular is of today. While the storyteller exists as product of his history and background, it is the perspective gained that allows him to share the future. His vision is part ancient civilization, part yet to come. Purvis Young’s art is today. And its time is now.