Creative Arts Napier (CAN) offers art print fans the opportunity to see the art prints of historically significant printmaker, June Wayne, in a major exhibition displayed in the Main Gallery from 12 May to 1 June, 2023.

Wayne’s artistic career spans 70 years and her innovative lithographs, especially her constant experimentation (working with the most important fine art printers in 1950’s Paris and the United States) earned her a reputation as one of the world’s most prolific and sophisticated printmakers. 

Wayne’s technical innovation and complex subject matter will be of great interest to artists and collectors, with over 40 of her most important graphic works shown here. The exhibition is the largest collection of Wayne’s works ever exhibited in the Southern Hemisphere and the most comprehensive display of her work worldwide in over a decade.  

It is accompanied by a beautifully published catalogue of the 40 works that includes all major works in the exhibition, reproduced in full colour and readable text with a limited number of copies available to purchase. In addition, collectible posters of the exhibition are available for sale. 

Wayne’s vision went well beyond her own unique lithography with the establishment of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1960, paving the way for printers to work in tandem with many of the most important artists in the history of modern and contemporary art. Her vision through the Tamarind, allowed the jealously guarded knowledge and materials of fine art printmaking in Paris to reach the rest of the creative world at a critical juncture in modern art history. 

Wayne’s lithography is held in important museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Bibliotheque National de France (Paris), The National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.) and The Victoria and Albert Museum (London). 

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