Oct 26, 2018 | By Joanna McGinn
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Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida recently revealed the L.A.-based artist RETNA‘s first solo exhibition in London, featuring thirty new works influenced by traditional gang-style graffiti, Incan and Egyptian hieroglyphics and Asian calligraphy.
Dubbed “The Hallelujah World Tour,” the exhibition is now on view in the Old Dairy pop-up space on Wakesfield street in Bloomsbury, where the duo previously hosted a Richard Hambleton exhibition back in November. The vast space is packed with RETNA’s large scale works of gorgeous brush work on canvas, paper and and various metal objects.
RETNA (AKA Marquis Lewis) was born in 1979 in Los Angeles, CA. Since making his debut in the mid-1990s, RETNA has participated in over 30 international exhibitions with countless works in the public realm. Yielding an unmistakable aesthetic that integrates appropriated contemporary photography, graffiti, traditional painting and a uniquely created alphabet of glyphs, he has emerged as one of the most prolific street artists in the contemporary art world.
An integral fixture in the Los Angeles art scene since an early age, the transcendent nature of RETNA’s work has allowed him to seamlessly transverse from the unregulated urban landscape to institution galleries across the globe.
RETNA was also recently featured in the “Art in the Streets” exhibition at MOCA in Los Angeles, just after recent successful solo shows in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.
The Old Dairy
7 Wakefield Street WC1N 1PB
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through June 27th, 2011
Photos: Courtesy of Hookedblog
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