- medium Acrylic on panel
- edition 1
- size 96.00w x 96.00h in
- created 2011
COA: This work comes with a certificate of authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Inspired by etymology and language, RETNA is renowned for having created his own linguistic script, taking inspiration from a myriad of global typography. From Hebrew script to Egyptian hieroglyphics, RETNA’s unique language appears globally accessible. The artist notes that he wants his text to feel universal so that people from different cultures can find some similarity in it—whether they can read it or not.
At first glance, the appeal of Untitled seems to lie in the visual urgency of his bold geometric abstractions and the dynamism of his brushwork. However, once familiar with RETNA’s script, the works reveal themselves as complex linguistic ciphers that go beyond linear constructs. RETNA states that each of his pieces carries its own specific meaning, his unique language conveying a particular event or set of dialogue.
2011 was an important year for the artist Retna. He participated in the Art in the Streets exhibition at MOCA, Street Cred at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and painted the tail of a business jet in Geneva for VistaJet. The Hallelujah World Tour was Retna’s most significant solo exhibition, featuring many of his most important works to date.