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"Dear, Jean"

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April 2023


May 2023

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Acrylic paint on 36 x 48” stretched canvas

Portrait of Jean Michel Basquiat as a palm tree" from the Opal Oasis Series merges portraiture with symbolism, exploring Black representation in desert landscapes. The transformation of Basquiat into a resilient palm tree symbolizes his strength. The inclusion of the Sankofa symbol pays homage to Basquiat's impact on art, linking artistic heritage with the progress of Black artists. The series challenges perceptions by placing Black representation in traditionally barren settings, highlighting the importance of celebrating Black culture even in inhospitable spaces.

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