NWA: Father and Son

Curtis Gerhardt
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  • Open Edition
  • Available as a Giclee on paper or Giclee on canvas
  • Available in a variety of sizes
  • Explores themes of fatherhood and father and son connections
  • Inspired by Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Power Drencher aka the Super Soaker

In a playful yet powerful moment, a father and son stand side by side, each wielding a Super Soaker in hand, their shades on, and expressions exuding a sense of swagger. As they point their water guns at the same target, there's an unspoken bond between them, a shared understanding of the world around them. This scene, filled with the perfect blend of fun and defiance, radiates the father and son's unwavering resolve to stand together and fight back against the societal perceptions, biases, and stereotypes encountered by Black men. They are ready to embrace the struggle and fight the good fight collectively as one.

The super soaker was used in the work of art because it was invented by an African American, Lonnie Johnson. Lonnie, an engineer and inventor, conceptualized the Super Soaker in 1982 while he was working on a heat pump that utilized water as a cooling agent. However, the toy first reached store shelves in 1990 under the name "Power Drencher." This innovative product has since become one of the world's top-selling toys, generating over $1 billion in sales throughout its lifetime. Johnson's accidental invention has left a lasting mark on the toy industry and has brought joy to countless children globally.

Open edition. Available as a giclee on paper or canvas. 

Edition Open Edition
Framed Unframed
Height Available in a variety of sizes. Choose your size of preference.
Length Available in a variety of sizes. Choose your size of preference.
Medium Paper or Canvas
SKU gerhardt-nwa
Curtis Gerhardt

Curtis Gerhardt

Curtis Gerhardt, a Little Rock, Arkansas native and dedicated artist, creates captivating and color-centric artwork that ignites conversations and memories. With a focus on everyday experiences, Gerhardt's pieces invite viewers to ponder and discuss, offering a window into new art forms and cultures. Find his works at Pyramid Gallery in Little Rock, AR, or catch him traveling the country for festivals and events. Currently residing in Atlanta, GA, Gerhardt continues to engage and inspire with his ever-evolving artistic vision.

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