The Caged Angel and the Caged Bird ©

Title: The Caged Angel and the Caged Bird
Year Painted: 2009
Type: Wood encased oil canvas
Dimensions: L 21.25” (54 cm) W 25.75 (65.5 cm)
Price: $3,500 - Also available in prints and memorabilia

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In a Mexican market place, the birds which are caged are always the prettiest of the species. Their clipped wings ensured that they cannot fly away. Yet these pretty caged birds often chirps or sing their own songs in consolation. They have a story to be told.  Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy" employs usage of imagery in likening the caged bird to a chained slave.  The paranoia of a certain type in the larger context of society.  Both internally and externally, the notion of being caged or of caging oneself – a result of the paranoid desire for freedom from others - is part of every society.  It separates and creates a false sense of elevated difference, maybe “better than” or “prettier-than” but with some form of imposed isolation.  



Social commentaries through a selection of mixed media, oil, and acrylic figurative paintings by Paris based contemporary artist and social critic Ealy Mays. 

Ealy Mays

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75006 Paris

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Celebration of over 150 years of Black Literary and Artistic development in Paris

Here you will find the works of one of the most prolific African American artists. Based in Paris, France, this selection includes current masterpieces as well retrospectives from a body of over 30 years as an ethnic artist painting in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Your choice of paintings, prints, posters, postcards, puzzles, memorabilia, T-shirts, collectibles, accessories,and more, is only a click away. Read more

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