Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan By Jackson Shuri 2011

Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan By Jackson Shuri 2011

Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan
Literal Translation is "Love never loses its way home"
This is the symbol of the power of love, it is one of my favourite symbols. I often use it in my work as well as sign my name with it. 

Oil on Canvas
2011
Jackson Shuri

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Nyame Ye Ohene Nkyinkyim BasketBall By Jackson Shuri 2012

Nyame Ye Ohene Nkyinkyim BasketBall By Jackson Shuri 2012

Nkyinkyim
Literally translates to "twisting"
This is know as the symbol of initiative, dynamism and versatility. This symbol describes Basketball very well. 
Nyame Ye Ohene
Literally  translates to "God is King "
This is the symbol of the  majesty and supremacy of God. 

Linking those two symbols together an we see that basketball players are gods to some, and that basketball players are extremely dynamic.  I this this is the part where you laugh out loud, 

This Painting Was Stolen. 
Oil on Canvas
42''.60''.1.5''
2012

 

NYANSAPO By Jackson Shuri 2012

NYANSAPO By Jackson Shuri 2012

"wisdom knot"

symbol of wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence and patience.  An especially revered symbol of the Akan, this symbol conveys the idea that "a wise person has the capacity to choose the best means to attain a goal. Being wise implies broad knowledge, learning and experience, and the ability to apply such faculties to practical ends." 

Oil on Canvas
24''.30''.1.5''
2012
Jackson Shuri
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Nkyinkyim Okodee Mmowere  Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan

Nkyinkyim Okodee Mmowere Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan

Nkyinkyim
Literally means "twisting"
This is the symbol of initiative, dynamism and versatility.
There are two such symbols in this painting. They represent and support the central figure painted to look like a woman.  The female like form represents the lover and protector of the four mask like figures in the composition. She is strong and dynamic caring for her family, each mas is a family member 1 husband, 1 daughter, 2 boys. This painting was a gift to said woman. 

Okodee Mmowere
Literally means "the talons of the eagle"
This is the symbol of strength, bravery, and power.
The eagle is the mightiest bird in the sky, and its strength is concentrated in its talons. The Oyoko clan, one of the nine Akan clans, uses this symbol as their clan emblem. There are two such interpretations in this painting. They are painted Green.

These talons represented the husband of this family as he was in the U.S.A NAVY and always away.  Leaving the wife to care for the family alone. He was a brave and decent man, he was my friend, His wife, like an elder sister. 

Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan
Literal Translation is "Love never loses its way home"
This is the symbol of the power of love, it is one of my favourite symbols. I often use it in my work as well as sign my name with it. 

In this painting there are 4 Interpretations of this symbol. I think its safe to say the symbol served as inspiration since they look more involved than the actual Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan Symbol.  The four symbols here represents four people, 2 boys 1 girl 1 husband. 

Nkyinkyim Okodee Mmowere  Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan
By Jackson Shuri
2012
Oil on Canvas
42''.60''.2''
 

 

 

 

NSAA By Jackson Shuri 2012

NSAA By Jackson Shuri 2012

NSAA
Is known as a type of hand-woven fabric
This is the symbol of excellence, genuineness, authenticity.

According to "The Adinkra Dictionary" by W. Bruce Willis, the nsaa symbols reflects a saying: "nea onnim nsaa oto n'ago", which he translates as "He who does not know authentic Nsaa will buy the fakes." The quality of Nsaa has come to represent quality of workmanship in general. So the lesson here is that its good to take ones time and study and observe that which is quality and that which isn't.  

The Symbol served as a catalyst for the finished painting.  The structure of the said symbol lent itself easily to the exploration of various designs.   

NSAA By Jackson Shuri
Oil On Canvas
2012
20".20".1.5

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Sankofa's Heart By Jackson Shuri 2012

Sankofa's Heart By Jackson Shuri 2012

SANKOFA
Literally means "return and get it"
This is the symbol of importance of learning from the past.

Looking at this composition, we see hearts. The question is, What can one lean from the past as it relates to heart related matters.  Can the heart teach?
This Painting is currently in the collection of the ARTIST AND IS NOT FOR SALE. 

Sankofa's Heart
Oil on canvas
58".72".1.5"
2012
Jackson Shuri

Nea Onnim No Sua A, Ohu By Jackson Shuri

Nea Onnim No Sua A, Ohu By Jackson Shuri

Nea Onnim No Sua A, Ohu

Literally translates to, "He who does not know can know from learning"symbol of knowledge, life-long education and continued quest for knowledge.

This painting has a few symbols bu the overall composition was inspired by nea onnim no a, ohu.  the structure of this symbol lends itself to playful layouts, this was not the original idea the artist  had when she first started working with this symbol, but once work began, she just allowed the creative process to unfold intrinsically. 

Oil on canvas
20".20".1.5" 
2012
Jackson shuri

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Date Night By Jackson Shuri 2012

Date Night By Jackson Shuri 2012

Dark Painted dreadlock figure, with dinosaurs like figure to the lower left.   With the Adinkra Symbol for  creativity and building.  This was painted in collaboration with one of Jacksons' lovers. They drank beer and ate pizza that night in her Long Island studio. 

Date Night
Oil On Canvas
2012

Selfie By Jackson Shuri 2013-2014

Selfie By Jackson Shuri 2013-2014

This is a self portrait of Jackson Shuri painted in oils. 

This painting was constructed using the NYAME DUA Symbol which literally means "tree of god," or the altar of god.

This symbol is truly symbolic of God's presence and protection in ones lie. 

Here Is a little history on this particular symbol:
The Nyame Dua is a sacred spot where rituals are performed. Erected in front of the house or compound, it is crafted from a tree that has been cut where three or more branches come together. This stake holds an earthenware vessel filled with water and herbs or other symbolic materials for purification and blessing rituals.

The Heart 'Akoma' By Jackson Shuri 2012

The Heart 'Akoma' By Jackson Shuri 2012

This heart is the Adinkra symbol for  patience and tolerance. Tolerance is increasingly a global  problem and as global citizens we are to be concerned about the state of the nations hearts. 

Oil On Canvas
2012
20".20".1.5"

Okodee  Mmowere  By Jackson Shuri 2012

Okodee Mmowere By Jackson Shuri 2012

This is the symbol of strength, bravery, and power, it also represents "the talons of the eagle."

The eagle is the mightiest bird in the sky, and its strength is concentrated in its talons. The Oyoko clan, one of the nine Akan clans, uses this symbol as their clan emblem.

 

The painting is constructed of a few other symbols but Okodee  Mmowere is the symbol of focus. 

Oils on Textured canvas
2012

Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan By Jackson Shuri 2012

Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan By Jackson Shuri 2012

This is the symbol representing the idea that, "Love never loses its way home"

Hence the composition of the painting has three mask like figures representing a family. 

Jackson Shuri
Mixed Media On Canvas
2012

Akoma Nkyikyim Asase Ye Duru By Jackson Shuri 2015

Akoma Nkyikyim Asase Ye Duru By Jackson Shuri 2015

This work is composed of the Adinkra symbol representing  initiative, dynamism and versatility.

Also the symbol of providence and the divinity of Mother Earth coupled with the symbol  that represents the importance of the Earth in sustaining life. 

This work was a collaboration between Jackson and another  artist from Ghana. 

Jackson & Friend
Oil On Canvas
20''.20''.1.5''
2012

 

Nkyinkyim Women By Jackson Shuri 2012

Nkyinkyim Women By Jackson Shuri 2012

This Image has the symbol of the heart, the symbol of the presence of God, and the symbol of initiative, dynamism and versatility.

Examine the artwork to find a woman standing in the middle with a snake that has bitten her heart that now has blood dripping away from it.  The woman is standing on the heart because this act represents the fact that her heart was ripped out and trampled upon. 

The work inspired by a betrayal that took place in the year 2012 by a lover and a family member. It was a dark period for the artist, but being dynamic the artist was able to survive this horrible situation.  

Oils on Textured Canvas
20".30".1.5"
2012

 

NKYINKYIM Abstract By Jackson Shuri 2012

NKYINKYIM Abstract By Jackson Shuri 2012

Oil On Canvas

Nkyinkyim  Mpuannum By Jackson Shuri 2012

Nkyinkyim Mpuannum By Jackson Shuri 2012

Mpuannum means, "five tufts" (of hair)

This is the symbol of priestly office, loyalty and adroitness. "This symbol is said to be the hairstyle of joy. It is the traditional hairstyle of the priestesses.

The design of the adinkra symbol mpuannum resembles the way the priestesses' hair was tied.  It also represents the devotion and faithfulness one displays when doing a task required of one. In addition, mpuannum means loyalty or the embodiment of lofty duty to a desired goal." 
- W. Bruce Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary
 

Jackson Shuri
Oil on Texture Canvas
20''.30''.1.5''
2012
2012

 

 Except God 1 By Jackson Shuri 2012

Except God 1 By Jackson Shuri 2012

GYE NYAME

"except for God"

Adinkra symbol of the supremacy of God.

Jackson Shuri
Oil On Canvas
16".20".1.5"
2012

Progress Is a Movement By Jackson Shuri 2012

Progress Is a Movement By Jackson Shuri 2012

This work was inspired by an ex Lover who was living with the artist, that continued living in her home  long after the relationship was over.  The snake represents said lover. The mask in the windows represents the neighbours that were watching the Jacksons on Aintree road.   

The artwork has Adinkra Symbols that makes up the heads in the windows, and the shape of the door. 

 

Jackon Shuri
Oil On Canvas
20".30".1.5"
2012

 Except God 2 By Jackson Shuri 2012

Except God 2 By Jackson Shuri 2012

GYE NYAME

"except for God"

This is the symbol of the supremacy of God, the composition has three such symbols representing the trinity. 

 

Jackson Shuri
Oil On Canvas
4'.5'.1.5"
2013

Akoma Duafe Gye Nyame By Jackson Shuri 2012

Akoma Duafe Gye Nyame By Jackson Shuri 2012

DUAFE

"wooden comb"

This is the symbol of beauty and cleanliness; an important symbol of desirable feminine qualities. The meaning of this symbol is characterized slightly differently in "The Adinkra Dictionary" and "The Values of Adinkra Symbols"; the former emphasizes more abstract qualities of feminine goodness, love and care, while the latter has a more literal interpretation, looking one's best and good hygiene. In any case, the duafe was a prized possession of the Akan woman, used to comb and plait her hair.

Jackson Shuri has represented this comb in an elongated fashion, with a heart on top of the comb to signify the beauty and strength of women. The red moon represents the moodiness of women, and is a euphemism for being on ones cycle.  

Jackson Shuri
Oil On Canvas
20".20".1.5"
2012
 

Siamese Crocodiles By Jackson Shuri

Siamese Crocodiles By Jackson Shuri

This is the symbol of democracy and unity.

The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. This popular symbol is a remind that infighting and tribalism is harmful to all who engage in it.

Jackson Shuri
Oils On Canvas
20".20".1.5"
2012
 

Aya By Jackson Shuri 2012

Aya By Jackson Shuri 2012

AYA
 

Literally translate to  "fern"

This is the Adinkra symbol of endurance and resourcefulness. The fern is a hardy plant that grows in difficult places. 

Jackson Shuri
Oils On Textured  Canvas
20".30".1.5"
2012
 

WAWA ABA By Jackson Shuri 2012

WAWA ABA By Jackson Shuri 2012

WAWA ABA

"seed of the wawa tree"

This is the Adinkra symbol of hardiness, toughness and perseverance.

The seed of the wawa tree is extremely hard. In Akan culture, it is a symbol of someone who is strong and tough. It inspires the individual to persevere through hardship.

Wawa Aba card (actual image of this symbol). 

 

Jackson Shuri
Oil On Textured Canvas
20".30".1.5"
2012

 Except God 3 By Jackson Shuri 2012

Except God 3 By Jackson Shuri 2012

Jackson & Friend
Oil On Canvas
16".20".1.5"
2012

MEN "ram's horns" By Jackson Shuri 2013

MEN "ram's horns" By Jackson Shuri 2013

"ram's horns"

This is the symbol of humility together with strength.

According to the Ashanties, the  ram will fight fiercely against an adversary, but it also submits humbly to slaughter, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble.

Oil On Canvas
32".32".1.5"
2013

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DWENNIMMEN "ram's horns" By Jackson Shuri 2014

DWENNIMMEN "ram's horns" By Jackson Shuri 2014

 

This is the symbol of humility together with strength.

according to the Ashanties, the  ram will fight fiercely against an adversary, but it also submits humbly to slaughter, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble.

Mixed Media on canvas

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