Author: Charlotte Bearn

Rising graffiti star RETNA

After his sell out show “The Hallelujah World Tour”, RETNA has reached the star status of a hot new contemporary graffiti artist. As we have some amazing new limited editions just in we thought we would take a closer look at his work.

As a young man growing up in L.A., RETNA managed to avoid the lure of gangs and started painting murals on the streets and trains in his neighbourhood. Of African-American, El Salvadorian and Cherokee descent he took the name the name RETNA from a Wu-Tang Clan song.

Rising graffiti star RETNA | Image

Rising graffiti star RETNA | Image

Fascinated by the formation of lettering, RETNA (AKA Marquis Lewis) is inspired by influences as broad as graffiti on the streets, to art nouveau, to the ancient texts of the Egyptians. He has subsequently created a language of his own and it is this amazing calligraphy that forms the foundation of much of his work.

The lettering is beautifully formed and is repeated in various ways, imbuing his own meaning based on his personal experiences of growing up in LA. It is up to the viewer to interpret their own meaning, as he offers no translation we are left to make up our own minds.

Rising graffiti star RETNA | Image

Rising graffiti star RETNA | Image

Rising graffiti star RETNA | Image

“These Are The Days”, a limited edition print of just 9, is an example of the unique alphabet that he has created inspired by Old English text, hieroglyphs, Arabic and Asian calligraphy and graffiti. The text is covered with diamond dust that evokes the translucence of stain glass windows.

His first show was in 1997 and he has since stormed the contemporary art scene. His work is now collected by the rich and famous, including Usher and the director of MOCA. Graffiti has now become accepted as an integral part of contemporary art and it is artists such as Retna that has earned graffiti a place on the walls of art galleries around the world.

 

AFFORDABLE ART

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Rewilderness - A3

29.7 x 42cm

£75

29.7 x 42cm

£85

45 x 45cm

£125

42 x 60 cm

Nothing Matters - Remix, 2020 Art Print by Dan Hillier
Exclusive

£98

42 x 42cm

Cats Pyramids

24.7 x 39cm

£35

24.7 x 39cm

Daffy (Red Stripe)

70 x 50cm

£100

70 x 50cm

Reginald Botanical

29.7 x 42cm

£60

29.7 x 42cm

£60

29.7 x 42cm

£100

33 X 48 cm

HOPE THAT KILLS YOU

21 x 29.7cm

£75

21 x 29.7cm

Cherry Drop

35 x 35cm

£65

35 x 35cm

Acne Pink

30 x 42cm

£125

30 x 42cm

Lemon Blossom 3

40 x 40cm

£55

40 x 40cm

£85

50.7 x 45cm

Ellipsis - Remix, 2020 Art Print by Dan Hillier
Exclusive

£98

42 x 42 cm

£100

50 x 50cm

Anyone for Tennis?

29.7 x 42 cm

£115

29.7 x 42 cm

BOUNCE! 2020

42 x 42cm

£125

42 x 42cm

The Sun Rises in the East Art Print by Hooksmith Press
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£100

32 x 45cm

Bananas

29.7 x 42cm

£60

29.7 x 42cm

Patrick Art Print by Lee Ellis
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Patrick

40 x 40cm

£75

40 x 40cm

Vintage Girl

70 x 100cm

£135

70 x 100cm

MK-Ultra II

19 x 19cm

£65

19 x 19cm

£100

29.7 x 42cm

Gorilla - Neon Pink

42 x 59.4cm

£125

42 x 59.4cm

I Love London

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

Andy Warhol £22

£22

70 x 100 cm

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