J. J. L’Heureux
J. J. L’Heureux’ Etichette Series incorporates Italian fruit and cheese labels (etichette) in the construction of an extensive collection of collages. While traveling in Italy L’Heureux was struck by the colors and artistry of the local, old style fruit and cheese labels. While on several trips to collect these labels she became aware that industrial design and materials were replacing these earlier labels. The quality, materials and designs of the replacement labels were plastic, modern and were certainly less attractive. During one outing, she met a local collector of these labels and discovered that there was an Italian collector base for etichette with an appreciation for the history and art of these disappearing labels.
L’Heureux cites Picasso’s and Braque’s classic cubist paintings and collages as a major influence on her making these collages, which she first saw at the Museum of Modern Art in New York when she lived there as a young artist.
The Etichette Series has been exhibited across the United States and in Italy. First, in a one person show in the Cavalieri Gallery, Rome and thereafter, a group show titled “Contempo-Italianate: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Italy,” at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California. Etichette can be found in many distinguished collections, as well as museums in Trevi, Italy, Florida, West Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia, North Dakota, and Laguna Beach, California. They have been featured in several exhibitions at the I. Wolk Gallery in St. Helena, CA.
J. J. L’Heureux attended the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, the Academy of Art, San Francisco, California, the Parsons School of Design, New York, New York, and Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.