True to the spirit of Coco Chanel and her patronage of the arts, Chanel has commissioned Retna, an LA-based artist to paint the interior of the Los Angeles Chanel boutique on Robertson. I’ve followed Retna‘s work since his AWR/7th Letter Crew days and it’s amazing to see how he’s come up from the streets of LA to working with one of the storied houses of haute couture.
Retna’s signature handstyle is distinctive and beautiful – evocative of many different scripts including of Old English gang graffiti, Asian calligraphy, Incan & Egyptian hieroglyphics, Hebrew and Arabic. I love the black on black writing with white Chanel iconography “tagged” over his own work.
Retna’s years of hard work are paying off. Earlier this year I attended Retna’s first solo NY exhibition “The Hallelujah World Tour” (opening during New York Fashion Week) and he’ll be appearing in Vanity Fair later this year and photographed by David Lachapelle.
Source: New Image Art