7thMan Must-See : RETNA ‘The Hallelujah World Tour ’
Having already being featured in the major retrospective of street art ‘Art in the Streets’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA, RETNA has emerged as one of the most prolific graffiti artists in the contemporary art world.
The Hallelujah World Tour represents RETNA’s first solo UK exhibition and the first chance for many street & contemporary art lovers to witness the artist's interpretation & effect of Asian calligraphy, Incan and Egyptian hieroglyphics, Hebrew and Arabic script, traditional UK gang style graffiti writings and the tagging and graffiti seen in Los Angeles since the 1970’s .
Retna was introduced to L.A.'s mural culture from an early age, and whilst still at school led one of the largest and most innovative graffiti art collectives in the city. He is best known for appropriating fashion advertisements and amplifying them with his unique layering, intricate line work, text-based style and incandescent color palette reflecting an eclectic artistic tradition.
Presented by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida at the Old Dairy his latest exhibition of new works brings to life 30 new pieces fusing a variety of different mediums including drawing, painting and poetry.
This exhibition represents the second part of a three stop world tour of RETNA’s work, in collaboration with Bombardier Business Aircraft and VistaJet. As part of the project, RETNA will create a unique work on the tail of one of VistaJet’s Global Express XRS aircraft. The tour began in New York in February 2011 and will conclude with an exhibition in Hong Kong later this year.
RETNA: The Hallelujah World Tour
The Old Dairy, 7 Wakefield St, London, WC1N 1PB
9 June – 27 June 2011
The Old Dairy is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm. Admission is free.
By Andreas Menelaou Features Assistant