I do not wish to be an artist, I only wish that art enables me to be.
– Noah Purifoy, 1963
Who Is Noah Purifoy?
Born in Snow Hill, Alabama in 1917, Noah Purifoy lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California, where he died in 2004. He received an undergraduate degree from Alabama State Teachers College in 1943 and a graduate degree from Atlanta University in 1948. In 1956, Purifoy earned a BFA degree from Chouinard, now CalArts. His earliest body of sculpture, constructed out of charred debris from the 1965 Watts rebellion. He was the founding director of the Watts Towers Art Center. Noah Purifoy dedicated himself to using art as a tool for social change. - "About Noah", NoahPurifoy.com