Sunday, May 10, 2009

+...JuNe LeeLoo...+

Since she was a little girl, Leeloo always loved coloring, drawing flowers, search for images in clouds, and stories and beautiful tales from all around the world. A little older, she wanted to be a botanist, to travel around the world... and to draw flowers.

A stay in Canada opened up new perspectives. She tried her hand at different media: photography, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpting, sculpture, land-art... Back in France, she took courses in a school of Applied Arts and was out 4 years later, graduated.

After brief forays into the publishing and communication worlds, she decided to devote herself to painting .... and took the pseudo "June Leeloo", a wink to Louis Malle's movie "Milou en Mai"("May Fools").

Incidentally, she sometimes uses "Leeloö in Jüne". Her influences are many and varied. Asian literature (Yasunari Kawabata), Japanese animated movies (Hayao Miyazaki) and manga of the 80's, but also music, comics, Art Nouveau, posters of the Belle Epoque, etc. ... She also admires great masters such as Klimt, Mucha, Schiele, Claudel, Khalo and many impressionists (Caillebotte and Cassatt particularly). Not to mention the sculptor Pompon.

The women represented are sensual, even kindly erotic but still they are mysterious, have an air of melancholy, or are lost in their thoughts. They are almost always associated with a flower or, more recently, an animal.

Image courtesy of June Leeloo

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