we cast the spotlight on California based artist RETNA. Born Marquis Lewis, Retna 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.”
Discover more via @retna.
Based in Saint Petersburg, Serge Marshennikov portrays his female models in vaporous and delicate compositions, using soft light to reveal the lightness of the fabrics and the fragility of the body.
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Mountain views with @wmartyr...
Prepare for the artist’s brand new solo exhibition exclusively at Unit London this summer.