"Never thought not fitting in any circle throughout school and post-college, my singularity as an adult has paid off, success, art, and I have my soul." -- Edward Crowell II
|Courtesy of Edward Crowell II's Facebook|
It is hard to imagine that a young man from Pike Road, Alabama, would come to embody a version of art in Miami. Edward Crowell II was not your typical local artist -- far from it. A self-taught painter, he created nearly 20 years' worth of work that exhibited the brash disestablishment of the art world that a younger person might attempt but never harness. Bold, muddled, unsure in a Devil-may-care way, Crowell's paintings were manic and composed, flip and serious, shy and daring. The contradicting nature of his work is what made it interesting.
Some observers liken his paintings to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Overtown's pride and joy, Purvis Young, and they aren't too far off the mark, but the comparison stops at the energy of the aforementioned artists. Crowell's work, though violent at first glance, is actually inspired by the civil rights movement, pop art, the sensuality of women and poetry. A fixture in Miami's nightlife, Crowell was also a poet and musician. Friends and family on Facebook say he passed away following a motorcycle accident last Thursday, September 25.
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