Anki, an original painting by June Wayne
Anki, an original painting by June Wayne




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54 x 72 in. (137 x 183 cm)

Painting / Mixed Media

Acrylic and silver leaf on paper marouflaged onto canvas with gesso and gelatin

From the Cognitos Series

Titled, dated, and signed on the reverse: Anki © '84

Year: 1984 

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Canvas constructed by Douglass Howell; previously painted as Sixti-Sexate. Made to be hung in any of four directions.

Neuberger Museum of Art, 1997 (illus.); Fresno Art Museum, 1988; Armstrong Gallery, 1984; Pasadena Museum of California Art, 2014; MB Abram Galleries, 2018

The title of this painting was derived from the name of Wayne's husband, Hank, as pronounced by her close friend, the French artist Mario Avati.

"Sometime in 1984, l was sitting in front of Sixti-Sexate, at about three or four in the morning. Feeling dissatisfied with the painting, I had been there all night. Suddenly I remembered that in about 1948 I had been in Ted Gibson’s art supply store where I saw some gold and silver leaf. For no reason at all, I bought quite a supply of both, and put them away in a certain drawer. So, sitting there, in front of the painting, suddenly I remembered the leaf and I went to the drawer and there it was, just waiting for me to come and get it.

"I made a couple of little sample pieces, leafed in silver, and saw that this painting would be absolutely perfect with silver on it so that it would be reflective—as when you are in a plane and look down at a body of water that looks metallic, like molten lead. The silver would make it a reflective source; it would change as you walked around it, depending on the time of day. And I felt that both the theme of the planets I was working with and the solution I found in the leaf was the way to go for this picture. Anki had been trapped within Sixti-Sexate. I thought of these pictures as pieces of planets, the way they might look if you could go from one planet to another, planet hopping, as it were.” - June Wayne (Source: The Art of Everything, Robert Conway, 2007)