Entangle Resolve #1 by Nii Narku Thompson, 2020, Mixed Media: acrylic, thread, canvas on burlap, 35 x 30 inches
On July 10, 2020, Jada Pinkett Smith re-introduced the world to the word “entanglement.” The exposure of this celebrity affair inspired the artist to explore society’s obsession with the salacious aspect of this drama, romantic relationships generally, and the many ways that everyday persons find themselves entangled. In a previous interview, Will Smith, Jada’s husband, shared the revelation he came to that he was not responsible for Jada’s happiness and that they were each responsible for their own happiness. This is one of the 10 painting series is about relationships, personal, romantic and societal. Nii’s work invites us, the viewers, to examine the circumstances under which we may find ourselves entangled, i.e. in an affair, in a job, or in the pursuit of wealth.
Nii Narku Thompson is a Ghanaian-born Texas, Dallas-based artist. He graduated from the Ghanatta College of Art and Design in Ghana, West Africa. His works are centered on the universal themes of religion, culture, politics, and race. Painting mostly in acrylics, his works are heavily textured and colorful, and his work can be described as abstract or surreal. Nii Narku is a member of the Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana (FCA Ghana). His works have been exhibited in Ghana, Italy, and the United States at prestigious institutions such as: National Museum in Accra, Ghana; Alliance Francaise; Goethe-Institute; and the British Council. Additionally, Nii Narku’s works have been exhibited and commissioned by the Cam Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Napoli, Italy; Blue Line Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia; New York Museum for National Black Fine Arts; and Elks Lodge in Naples, Florida. Most recently his work has been exhibited at Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN, The ART 214 , juried exhibition. South Dallas cultural Center. Dallas, Texas. 64 Arts, Bachman Center for the Arts, Mommouth, Illinois. Studio 2500,Birmingham, Alabama Craig Brabson Gallery; Nashville, Tennessee, Usagi Gallery; Brooklyn, New York City, Daniels Gallery; University of North Carolina Wilmington Cultural Arts Gallery; Acme Studio; the University of North Carolina Pembroke’s Givens Performing Arts Center; the Art League Bomar House; In the Gallery of Tennessee; North Western Art Center, as well as the North Collier Regional Park Art Space.