Retna Original Painting

Retna Original Painting

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The Julie Rico Gallery presents an original iconic work by artist Retna. Please inquire about pricing julie@juliericogallery.com. A recent Retna show at the LA Louver: http://www.lalouver.com/exhibition.cfm?tExhibition_id=1218

RETNA (born Marquis Lewis 1979) is a contemporary artist, primarily recognized for graffiti art. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, and started his career in the early 1990s.[1] He developed a distinctive constructed script which is derived from Blackletter, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Arabic, and Hebrew calligraphy, as well as more traditional types of street-based graffiti. In addition to exhibiting at institutions and galleries in Los Angeles, Miami, London, New York and Hong Kong, Retna has done advertising work for brands such as VistaJet, Louis Vuitton, and Nike. His artwork adorns the cover of Justin Bieber's Purpose album that debuted in 2015. 
Just prior to Retna’s ascendency into the fine art world. He shared a loft in the arts district with one of MSK crew members Saber. It was here that Retna pioneered some of his most iconic styles.  Collaborating with artists such as L Mac. 

The Rise of the Seventh Letter, WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2007 AT 12 P.M. by Shelley Leopold. Full article see: http://www.laweekly.com/arts/the-rise-of-the-seventh-letter-2149613

“The seventh letter is, of course, G, which in this case stands for “Gods of Graffiti” and represents what may be the most ambitious, racially diverse and prolific crew ever assembled. With more than 100 members operating under the Seventh Letter banner, names like Revok, Retna, Saber, Push, Rime and Zes are just a few to watch as they fast become L.A.’s modern muralists.” From the LA WEEKLY article, by Shelly Leopold.

RETNA was another "Game-changer" leading the LTS crew along with SINER and AYER in the mid-90's. He sparked a revolution in style and technique that changed what LA graffiti would be. Using unorthodox methods for graffiti painting such as rollers, brushes, etc. and fusing Gang styled writing with calligraphy and traditional graffiti his "wild-style" explorations inspired and influenced a whole generation to follow. 

Juxtapoz article on Retna: http://www.juxtapoz.com/news/in-la-zes-and-retna-known-gallery/

2011 Art in the Streets changes everything for Graffitti Artists in L.A. and elsewhere MOCA, Los Angeleshttp://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/08/art-in-the-streets-is-most-attended-show-in-moca-history.html

 

MOCA exhibition installation view of RETNA: Para mi gente, April 21 – November 4, 2013 at MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,: http://www.moca.org/exhibition/retna-para-mi-gente

 

 

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