Alston Purvis

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Philip Alston Wilcox Purvis
Born 1943
Occupation Graphic designer, Artist, Professor and Author
Parent(s) Marie Rosanne Willcox Purvis
Melvin Purvis

Philip Alston Willcox Purvis (born 1943), son of Melvin Purvis, is an American graphic designer, artist, professor and author.


He received his BFA in graphic design from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in graphic design, Yale University. He was an art tutor at The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, The Netherlands. He currently is an Associate Professor at Boston University College of Fine Arts where he has been Chairman of the department since September 1982. He served as Director Ad Interim for the School of Visual Arts at the Boston University College of Communication (1969); and the University of South Carolina. He has presented lectures at the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Wolfsonian Foundation at Florida International University, and many other venues. He has written several books, one of which—The Vendetta—was created by Universal Studios into a major picture known as Public Enemies.

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As author:

As contributor:

  • Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman and The Next Call Massachusetts College of Art Catalogue, September 1994
  • "H.N. Werkman: The Calendar as Medium" Ploeg Jaarboek 2004, (Ploeg Annual 2004)

Stichting De Ploeg, Groninger Museum Groningen, The Netherlands, 2005

  • "Graphic Design History", "Renewal and Upheaval: Dutch Graphic Design Between the Wars", "H.N. Werkman: The Outsider", Edited by Steven Heller and Georgette Balance, Allworth Press, New York, 2001


  • "In Agris Occupatis, Dutch Design During the German Occupation." Print Magazine, July/August 1996
  • "The Typographic Art of H. N. Werkman" Print Magazine, May/June 1995
  • "The Extraordinary Signs of Walker Evans", Print Magazine, September/October 1993
  • "Renewal and Upheaval, Dutch Design Between the Wars", Print Magazine, November/December 1991


  • "Dutch Graphic Design, 1918-1945", The David and Sandra Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts, September 8 - October 29, 1994
  • "Facets of the Same Nature; A Survey of Contemporary Dutch Ceramics", The David and Sandra Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts, September 8 - October 29, 1994
  • "The European Avant Garde Poster: Vintage posters from The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Russia", Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, October 7 - December 1, 1993

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