Star Leap by June Wayne
From 1960-1970 Wayne was busy founding and directing the Tamarind Lithography Institute on Tamarind Street in Los Angeles. Despite this heavy administrative workload, however, she produced a phenomenal 35 of her own lithographs. After a decade, the Tamarind moved to New Mexico under the direction of fellow printmaker and friend Clinton Adams. She was now free to concentrate on her own work in Los Angeles now with the help of very experienced and productive master printers (including Serge Lozingot from the Mourlot in Paris and the Tamarind trained master printer William Law).
The 1970's turned out to be one of the most productive and innovative decades of Waynes entire printmaking career. Fascinated with science and technology from early in her artistic career, she immediately embarked on an ambitious series exploring human genetics called the Burning Helix. This was followed by an exploration of Waves in an innovative series of iterations. This was also a time when Wayne was exploring tapestry as an art medium, producing some of the most dramatic modern themes via tapestry.
1972 marked the beginning of new exploration lasting the entire decade for Wayne exploring themes of the individual, through the human finger print, known as the Visa series and the entire universe, exploring not just waves but stellar winds and gravity. Cosmic imagery that inspired poets, like John Donne over prior centuries, was now superseded by a new understanding and vision of the cosmos as scientists began to see farther and deeper into the universe.
After producing an innovative series exploring stellar winds starting in 1972, Wayne ended the decade exploring the movement and trajectory of the star itself. It is in this context that Wayne produced Star Leap in 1979, a clever four color lithograph created from two aluminum plates in a signed edition of only 12. This is a significant investment work by an iconic fine artists that continues to generate significant popularity and interest among collectors.
Technical Details: Four color lithograph on Rives paper. Sheet size 13 x 11 inches. Edition number 10 of 12, signed in pencil. Printer - Ed Hamilton, Nov 1979.