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Crystal Adams 135 Series


One
  • One
  • Oil Painting | 30" x 40"
  • Oil on Canvas
  • "One" part of 135 series. The inspiration for this series started when I discovered a slave revolt that occurred in 1841 on a ship called the Brig Creole where 135 slaves gained their freedom. In doing my research I discovered, two books that were about this historical event. A white man by the name of Arthur Downey authored "The Creole Affair" where he writes about the successful events on the ship, yet his main focus is the later political battle between the United States and Britain that would lead the rivals to their third war. The second book is written by a black man named Fredrick Douglas titled "The Heroic Slave" where Douglas also writes about the historical event, yet his focus is on the life of the leader of the revolt, Madison Washington, and his act of heroism. So essentially you have two people from different generations, lifestyles, and ethnicities writing about the same thing, yet their interest on the event are completing different.
  • View Details | $800.00 Purchase

Three
  • Three
  • Oil Painting | 30" x 40"
  • "Three" part of 135 series. The inspiration for this series started when I discovered a slave revolt that occurred in 1841 on a ship called the Brig Creole where 135 slaves gained their freedom. In doing my research I discovered, two books that were about this historical event. A white man by the name of Arthur Downey authored "The Creole Affair" where he writes about the successful events on the ship, yet his main focus is the later political battle between the United States and Britain that would lead the rivals to their third war. The second book is written by a black man named Fredrick Douglas titled "The Heroic Slave" where Douglas also writes about the historical event, yet his focus is on the life of the leader of the revolt, Madison Washington, and his act of heroism. So essentially you have two people from different generations, lifestyles, and ethnicities writing about the same thing, yet their interest on the event are completing different.
  • View Details | $800.00 Purchase

Five
  • Five
  • Oil Painting | 48" x 36"
  • "Five" part of 135 series. The inspiration for this series started when I discovered a slave revolt that occurred in 1841 on a ship called the Brig Creole where 135 slaves gained their freedom. In doing my research I discovered, two books that were about this historical event. A white man by the name of Arthur Downey authored "The Creole Affair" where he writes about the successful events on the ship, yet his main focus is the later political battle between the United States and Britain that would lead the rivals to their third war. The second book is written by a black man named Fredrick Douglas titled "The Heroic Slave" where Douglas also writes about the historical event, yet his focus is on the life of the leader of the revolt, Madison Washington, and his act of heroism. So essentially you have two people from different generations, lifestyles, and ethnicities writing about the same thing, yet their interest on the event are completing different.
  • View Details | $1,000.00 Purchase

Seven
  • Seven
  • Oil Painting | 30" x 40"
  • "Seven" part of 135 series. The inspiration for this paintings stems from the events On May 31 and June 1, 1921, where members of the white community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, participated in a riot, killing about 300+ black people. The attack, carried out on the ground and by air, destroyed more than 35 blocks of the district, at the time the wealthiest black community in the nation.
  • View Details | $900.00 Purchase

"Nine" (Celebration of Life)
  • "Nine" (Celebration of Life)
  • Oil Painting | 36" x 48" x 2"
  • So many meanings within the painting, the inspiration was inspired my a theme called "Celebration of Life" and this is also the final addition to the "135 Series" The Punu Mask These masks are worn by Mukuji initiates and could be worn during mourning but also at birth ceremonies and, therefore, symbolize a link with loved ones both already dead and those just born. These masks are generally performed individually and with very carefully prepared staging. The mask, through its gestures and acrobatics must bring life to the image of the deceased or death itself. The masked dancer emerges completely covered on stilts from behind the house at sunrise or sunset, but never in broad daylight. He waves the brush to keep away witches and bad energy. He is accompanied by several men that dance with him and musicians that set the rhythm. Sometimes women and children are aloud to join.
  • View Details | $2,000.00 Purchase