The Target by June Wayne
Born in 1918 in Chicago, June Wayne was a precocious artist leaving school at age 15 to become an artist. Just two years later she held the first exhibition of her watercolor paintings. She was attracted to the emerging contemporary art world of Los Angeles during World War Two and as a way of finding new ways of creation she was convinced to try stone lithography in the summer of 1948 working with master printer Lynton Kistler who had just opened up his print workshop near her studio. Within just a few months she embraced and quickly mastered the medium which became a primary artistic medium for her entire career.
Just three years after discovering lithography, Wayne produced this exquisite work titled The Target exploring the notion of optical sensation and interpretation. Her experimentation with this theme predated Op art by almost a decade. She adapted this work 20 years later to her exploration of tapestry as an artistic medium. This early work printed by Lynton Kistler (one of the pioneer printers of fine art lithography) is a rare find and can only be fully appreciated up close.
Technical Details: Lithograph on Rives paper. Sheet size 22 x 17.5 inches. Edition number 25 of 35, signed in pencil. Printer - Lynton Kistler, Feb 1951.