Strangely Fruitful

Edwin Lester
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  • Limited Edition
  • Offset Lithograph
  • Measures 36x19 inches in size.
  • Inspired by "Strange Fruit" by Nina Simone
  • Features the face of a collection of African American icons on the grapes

"I heard through a certain vine, that there were some not-so-kind. Stories tell of how they hung many out to dry. Generations struggled yet still we got by. Swinging in that heat, over time our fruit became sweet. Became wise. To their surprise, our now-aged raisins improvised. Strange to them, we capitalized on given time and reseeded to reproduce. To become a sweeter, wiser, race of abundant delicious fruit."

A work of art partly inspired by Strange Fruit by Nina Simone. Nina Simone's "Strange Fruit" is a haunting protest song that condemns the brutal treatment of Black Americans in the United States, specifically addressing the issue of lynching and racial violence. The lyrics describe the horrific spectacle of bodies hanging from trees in the southern United States (the strange fruit), and Simone's powerful voice and delivery bring the deep pain and sorrow behind the song's message to life. The song remains a powerful commentary on the history of racial violence and discrimination in the United States and has become an anthem for the Civil Rights movement and the fight for racial justice.

Featured on the grapes are the faces of the following African American icons: Millie Jackson, Emmett Till, Ida B. Wells, Shirley Chisholm, Nina Simone, Jesse Owens, Paul Robeson, Redd Foxx, Martin Luther King Jr., Billie Holiday, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Langston Hughes, Rosa Parks, and the artist Edwin Lester.

Special Notes from the Artist:

  • A carved hand from the tree of humanity.
  • A noose made of vine. Faces of those who sacrificed yet accomplished during their careers, making it possible for newer generations to achieve greatness.
  • The title “Strangely Fruitful ” written in the vines.
  • The umbilical cord of new growth attached to the infant.

Limited edition. Offset Lithograph. Measures 36x19 inches. Ships signed and numbered by the artist and with a certificate of authenticity.

Cert. Of Authenticity Ships with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size 1200
Framed Unframed
Height 36 inches
Length 19 inches
Medium Paper
Signed Ships signed and numbered by the artist
SKU lester-fruitful
Year Released 2012
Edwin Lester

Edwin Lester

Edwin was born in Philadelphia, PA. He is a self-taught artist who brings a very sophisticated and technically advanced style of realism to his figurative and atmospheric paintings. His work centers on themes that are important and personal to him. The narrative approach allows the artist to convey an emotion, a moment in time as if reading without the turning of pages.

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