RETNA Untitled c. 2013 is a fantastic silver and white presentation of RETNA’s unique typography, here adapted from the urban aesthetic to a large vertical canvas. The monochromatic palette is gorgeously quiet, letting us concentrate on the hypnotic beauty of RETNA’s bold geometric lines, circles, and diamond shapes. As the viewer walks around the work, the rolling sheen of the metallic symbols endows the painting with a magical and enigmatic quality. The mystique of the work is pushed further by the elusive meaning of RETNA’S signature symbols. The indecipherable but intriguingly familiar symbols are arranged in neat rows which are kept exciting by the swooping diagonal marks and confident long vertical lines which break through the visual horizontal breaks. Inspired by Eqyptian and Mayan calligraphic tradition, RETNA has come up with his own unique typography and alphabet that it simultaneously modernly urban and timelessly mystical. RETNA’s undeniable importance in the art world is showcased in this painting through the interplay of language, meaning, and visual beauty. The work is a striking marriage of the graphic boldness of public art and the organized neat beauty of fine art, making Shut up Listen & Learn a unique and eye-catching oeuvre that perfectly encapsulates the celebrated and in-demand artist’s style.
Created c. 2013, RETNA Untitled is hand-signed and by RETNA (1979-) on verso. This is a unique and original work.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
RETNA (1979-) Untitled, 2013 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).
1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, RETNA Untitled, 2013 is presented in a complementary moulding.