“East of the Sun, West of the Moon”
June 6th – July 5th, 2020
Haven Gallery is pleased to present a new collection of exquisite watercolor paintings from French artist, June Leeloo, for her second solo show at the gallery. Leeloo’s exhibition entitled “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”, will consist of fifteen new works representing about half of the Major Arcana cards found in a traditional Tarot deck. Artistic interpretations of such well known iconography such as The Sun, The Moon and many others will be present in this new series and feature the artists unique whimsical style depicting the Tarot’s foretelling and illuminating properties.
Tarot card decks have a long history of game play, divination and artistic interpretation. Their stories and messages serve as universally understood ideas and outcomes, readily comprehended and interpreted. The artist brings these analogies and possibilities to life with their visual narrative and personal symbology. Prominent and quintessential characteristics of Leeloo’s work pervade this collection; her ethereal females cavort with their downy hair, slinky forms and languid poses amidst lush flowerscapes and acquiescent animal accomplices. “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” is expressed through a jewel tone palette and magnificent sense of atmosphere, characteristically exemplified through Leeloo’s delicate rendering of her watercolor style.
“East of the Sun, West of the Moon” is an important show for the artist as she has dreamt of creating a Tarot inspired collection for two decades. Leeloo has spent these last two years researching and collecting ideas and compositions to bring this collection to fruition. As a child, she grew up reading Tarot cards, and they have stayed with her throughout her life. Mystery lures June to these cards as she finds the myths surrounding them to be highly fascinating and connective. Now we can all revel in June’s love of myth and mystery through this latest collection.