Tag archive for Florida

“Missionary” Mary Proctor

In the mid-90s she had been running a junk and odds and ends store in rural north Florida when she suddenly turned to making art.

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UFOs and folk art go together for Florida artist, Kurt Zimmerman

Kurt Zimmerman 1925 — Cocoa, FL Painting (oil or water-based) Born in Germany in 1925, Kurt Zimmerman immigrated at the age of four with his parents to Schenectady, New York. After high school, he was drafted into the Army and sent overseas to fight during…

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World Famous J. Jonny

World Famous J. Jonny Dates unknown Boca Raton, FL Sculpture (found object) “It really can’t be described. You just have to see it.” That sounded like a bit of a cop-out, but everybody including the artist himself kept coming back to that description of the,…

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Always God, Always Coca Cola — Missionary Mary Proctor

“Missionary” Mary Proctor June 11, 1960 — Tallahassee, FL Paintings, sculptures and environment Already suffering from health problems, Mary Proctor’s depression became more pronounced after losing her beloved grandmother, aunt, and uncle in a tragic house fire. She was running an odds-and-ends store in rural…

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Purvis Young — the Artist of Overtown

Purvis Young February 4, 1942 – April 20, 2010 Fort Lauderdale, FL Paintings “I paint what I see, I paint the problems of the world.” “When I was in my cell one night, I woke up and angels came to me and I told ’em,…

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Purvis Young hoodwinked by former manager

(all photos courtesy of Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations, taken at Gallery 721 in Fort Lauderdale)  (excerpted from the Biscayne Times…please read the full article by clicking the headline below:) Artistic Genius Meets Artful Dodger For painter Purvis Young, the encounter was devastating By Tiffany Rainey…

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