RETNA, ‘Circles and Arches’, 2016, HG Contemporary
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RETNA

Circles and Arches, 2016

Crystalline diamond dust, acrylic, and other medium on canvas
60 × 60 in
152.4 × 152.4 cm
.
On hold
Location
Saint Helena, Napa Valley
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RETNA
American, b. 1978
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The street and studio artist Retna, born Marquis Lewis, picked his moniker from the lyrics of a Wu Tang song that resonated with him in his youth. Retna explains that he was inspired to pursue art after seeing graffiti on the freeway, and his practice now includes street art and painting on canvas. Retna has become known for his long and geometric script, which he developed while looking towards Egyptian and Native American traditional symbols. Though his marks resemble the calligraphy of multiple cultures (and he maintains that he composes his works in English and Spanish), the writing does not belong to a particular language. Retna explains, “I want my text to feel universal. I want people from different cultures to all find some similarity in it—whether they can read it or not.”

RETNA, ‘Circles and Arches’, 2016, HG Contemporary
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About the work
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Hand-signed by artist, Signed, Dated and Titled on Reverse
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RETNA
American, b. 1978
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The street and studio artist Retna, born Marquis Lewis, picked his moniker from the lyrics of a Wu Tang song that resonated with him in his youth. Retna explains that he was inspired to pursue art after seeing graffiti on the freeway, and his practice now includes street art and painting on canvas. Retna has become known for his long and geometric script, which he developed while looking towards Egyptian and Native American traditional symbols. Though his marks resemble the calligraphy of multiple cultures (and he maintains that he composes his works in English and Spanish), the writing does not belong to a particular language. Retna explains, “I want my text to feel universal. I want people from different cultures to all find some similarity in it—whether they can read it or not.”

RETNA

Circles and Arches, 2016

Crystalline diamond dust, acrylic, and other medium on canvas
60 × 60 in
152.4 × 152.4 cm
.
On hold
Location
Saint Helena, Napa Valley
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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