American Contemporary artist, Nina Chanel Abney’s (b. 1982, Chicago IL) has just completed her latest site-specific mural alongside the Bentonville Razorback greenway trail, bringing her signature bold style to the Northwest Arkansas community.
Nina Chanel Abney’s work explores abstraction and popular culture with a focus on narratives that allow wide interpretation. Combining representation and abstraction, Nina Chanel Abney’s paintings capture the frenetic pace of contemporary culture.
Known for broaching topics as diverse as race, celebrity, religion, politics, or gender, the mural is titled “Mull It Over”. The lettering ‘STOP – DON’T KILL – LOVE – BLACK‘ is a statement on the longstanding racial crisis and the nonsensical killing of black men, women and children echoing the Black Lives Matter protest chants.
“My starting point for the mural was thinking about the things that have been going on in the last year, and historically, and about how it can’t be unity unless everyone is respected equally.” Nina Chanel Abney
Her latest mural is part of the public art initiative called ARkanvas, a
statewide engagement curated by women-led global curator
group Justkids and commissioned by OZ Art in partnership with Unexpected, bringing public art by world-renowned artists to Arkansas communities.
This is not the first time Justkids has worked to bring public art to Northwest Arkansas. Since 2015 they have curated and produced over 50 pieces from sculptures to installations, performances, murals and pop-up exhibitions for institutions, cities and organizations.
Photo credit Justkids