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Artist June Wayne dead at 93

August 24, 2011 | 11:43 am

June Wayne

June Wayne, an important figure of the California art scene for many years, died Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles after a long illness, according to her assistant, Larry Workman. She was 93.

During her lengthy career, Wayne became widely known for her lithographs. In 1960, she founded and directed the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Hollywood. Her work is recognized today as crucial to the field of printmaking. She also worked extensively in the fields of tapestries and painting.

Wayne was the subject of a retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1998. Former Times art critic William Wilson described the artist in his review as "something of a phenomenon" and "a cultural trailblazer."

An outspoken personality who was politically engaged, Wayne fought against censorship and anti-obscenity legislation. "I think I run on indignation," the artist said in a 2008 Times profile. Wayne also spent time in France, where she worked on tapestries.

The artist's legacy lives on at the Tamarind Institute in New Mexico -- an organization devoted to lithography and printmaking. Wayne was the founding director of the group.

Read the full obituary for June Wayne.


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Photo: June Wayne in 2008. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times