African Queen, Iconic Diaspora Series

by JaeMe Bereal


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A modern original portrait, a "Black Queen" expresses a quiet nobility even as she remains partially unclothed. Inspired by paintings of slavery and the early African diaspora in the colonial Americas, this acrylic painting by Afro-Caribbean artist JaeMe Bereal speaks to life's unspoken trials and resilience. Her regal aura also belies a vulnerability. She keeps a straight back, an enforced tallness. Her skin a  kaleidoscope of swirling blues, purples, greens and reds. She is Queen of Queens. Acrylic on canvas, this is one of JaeMe's seminal portraits that she has only recently been ready to part with, ready to find it a special home.

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Iconic Diaspora

"African Queen" is part of JaeMe Bereal's portrait series that is 7 years in the making entitled 'Iconic Diaspora.' What started out as a fascination for capturing faces, which through JaeMe's eyes are multi-colored, knobby landscapes of experience and emotion, later evolved into a larger body of work that blended politics and events from years gone by that are never really gone from us. Much of Iconic Diaspora is focused on Black and Brown people. Aware that role models are in short supply in her cultural world, JaeMe reached out with her work to cross boundaries, both race and societal, in order to give back a sense of power to those who feel marginalized or short-changed. JaeMe is based in Oakland, CA.


  • African Queen

    An original one-of-a-kind acrylic painting on canvas. Only one painting is available.
    Size in inches
    18 W x 24 H x 0.5 D
    Size in centimeters
    45.72 W x 60.96 H x 1.27 D
    Frame: None

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