LOT L5 RETNA / I BET YOU DON'T REMEMBER THAT I'M THE KID THAT CAME THROUGH (USED TO WASH YOUR CAR), 2013




Enamel, acrylic, crystallina on canvas
72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)
Auction estimate: $45,000




Gift of the artist and Michael Kohn Gallery



RETNA (Marquis Lewis) was born in 1979 in Los Angeles. At an early age, RETNA
was introduced to L.A.'s mural culture. While still in high school, he led one of the
largest and most innovative graffiti art collectives the city has witnessed. He is
perhaps 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. RETNA became just as
notorious for his ornate painting technique as his timeless style: he used
paintbrushes mixed with the traditional spray can. Many of his pieces synthesize
the line between fine art and graffiti, between power and opposition, between
tradition and advancement, between the past and future.
As an integral part of the Los Angeles art scene since the mid-1990s, RETNA has
participated in over thirty international exhibitions and countless public murals
including the Houston/Bowery wall in New York City (2012). Yielding an
unmistakable aesthetic that integrates appropriated contemporary photography,
graffiti, traditional painting and a unique glyphic style, he has emerged as one of
the most prolific graffiti artists in the contemporary art world.



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