Art

Addonis Parker Restores Purvis Young's "Everyday Life" Mural in Overtown (Photos)

Purvis Young -- the late Liberty City native; painter of tens of thousands of urban expressionist works; whose paintings are collected by the Smithsonian Museum, Rubell Collection, Damon Wayans, and Jim Belushi; creator of his own complex language of icons and symbols; prolific recycler of found materials; and maybe the best artist ever to come out of Miami -- is back.

He muralized the Overtown/Culmer Library with a work called "Everyday Life" in 1984. According to the Miami Dade Library Art Service's department, he repainted it in 1991. And now, 21 years later, Addonis Parker has stepped up to the dead man's brush strokes for restorative therapy on the sun-, bullet-, and weather-beaten walls.