Blackstone

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  • Edition size: 12
  • 109 cm x 80 cm (42.90 Inches x 31.50 Inches)
  • Paper BFK Rives 300 g.
    Lithograph on stone 1 color printed with Marinoni press lithographic and hand cut
    Signed, named and numbered by the artist

Blackstone and Bluestone are the first exclusives prints editions of Retna Brimstone character, which can be seen as a representation of himself, almost like an alter ego. With these two lithographs editions, Retna breaks the codes of his usual calligraphic style and takes us to a completely new universe, as we cannot find any of his signature specialized normally in lettering.


Blackstone is an exclusive limited edition of 12 lithographs on stone.


The particularity of these lithographs is that they have been created on stone, a printmaking technique where the artist directly paints or draws onto a flat stone to create an art piece. The process involves painting or drawing the stone with a greasy substance, which will absorb the oil-based ink that will be rolled on it. Then, a piece of paper is pressed into the stone to let the ink to be transferred from the stone to the paper, creating the image.

ABOUTTHEARTIST

Los Angeles-based artist RETNA accesses spaces between text-based imagery and abstract emotive states with his mysterious lines of verse. Each block of text is a sophisticated system of hieroglyphs, calligraphy and illuminated script. With influences from Arabic, Egyptian, Hebrew, Anglo-Saxon (or Old English) and Native American typographies, RETNA’s distinctive language communicates a personal form of poetry. RETNA’s messages are masked in ciphers: words and meanings that are never immediately revealed, nor capable of being accurately translated. He employs ancient totemic symbologies as a baseline, overlaid with beats from the urban jungle (sourced from his background in Los Angeles, born from Pipil - western indigenous El Salvadorian - Cherokee, Spaniard, and African-American bloodlines. These diverse subcultures are channeled into his work, often accompanied (either in the studio or on the street) by a stream of ambient or musical sounds. It is this multi-sensory experience that is brushed onto the surface for RETNA: a synthesis of auditory and visual content, spontaneously manifested.

RETNA (Marquis Duriel Lewis) was born in 1979 in Los Angeles. At the age of fifteen, he began painting on posted fashion advertisements and, from there, led one of the largest and most innovative graffiti art collectives in the city. In addition to exhibiting at institutions and galleries in Los Angeles (including the façade of The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art's Grand Avenue location for their 2013 Gala celebrating the blockbuster exhibition Art In The Streets), Miami, London, New York (including the prestigious public exhibition space of the Houston-Bowery Wall), and Hong Kong, RETNA has created exclusive collaborations with brands such as VistaJet, Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. RETNA lives and works in Los Angeles.