'Shh, it's a Tiger!', Siberian Tiger, 2013 Black Biro Drawing

'Shh, it's a Tiger!', Siberian Tiger, 2013 Black Biro Drawing

Original black Biro drawing ‘Shh it’s a Tiger! '. This is the first drawing of the ‘Siberian Tiger’ diptych and one of eight designs from her iconic print and china series ‘In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia'.

Limited edition 50 x 50cm archival pigment prints available from SHOP



FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ARTWORK
A Russian fantasy set in Ussirland, home to both the Udege people and the Siberian or Amur tiger, this artwork was inspired by the iconic imagery of Royal Bengal tigers bathing in the forest pools of India’s, Ranthambore National Park. Albrecht Dürer’s watercolour 'Landscape with a Woodland Pool' (1496), a photograph of a lake in Ussuriland and Ivan Shishkin’s painting 'The Forest of Countess Mordvinova' (1891) provided inspiration for the drawing layers of the forest backdrop. At the edge of a lake where a tiger has come to bathe, sits an antique Russian dacha birdcage belonging to Jane. Inside the cage a reclining Siberian tiger not only symbolises Bengal tigers shading in the ruined palaces of Ranthambore, but also highlights the escalating numbers of tigers in captivity, whilst fewer than 3,500 individuals remain in the wild. A giant Siberian tiger sweeps through the forest, illustrating Amba, the Udege name for tiger meaning Guardian of the Forest. A Red Army cavalry breaks through the trees, signifying both Red and White Armies who, while based in Vladivostok during the Russian Revolution, almost hunted this tiger subspecies to extinction. To the right of the cavalry, a ghostly tiger and an Udege woman walk side by side. Inspired by photographs Jane took of her television as a recording of 'Amba the Russian Tiger' (Gordon Buchanan, 2008) played on screen, the couple proclaim the fragility of both wild tiger and Udege populations. The tranquillity of the forest is shattered by a loud noise. The wading tiger looks out of the drawing towards the disturbance. A sniper rifle hidden in the foliage indicates what he has seen – beyond the drawing a hunter has fired at the walking tiger in the second drawing of the diptych, ‘Bang!’.

The original drawing took several months to create on A3 paper with the intention of being reproduced to feature as a design for Jane's fine China and print collection but also as a 110 x 160cm large format print for exhibition, creating a sensory piece where the viewer imagines stepping into the forest, and experiences thoughts of sound, smell as well as the emotional tension of the unfolding drama.
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'Shh, it's a Tiger!', Siberian Tiger, 2013 Black Biro Drawing

'Shh, it's a Tiger!', Siberian Tiger, 2013 Black Biro Drawing

Original black Biro drawing ‘Shh it’s a Tiger! '. This is the first drawing of the ‘Siberian Tiger’ diptych and one of eight designs from her iconic print and china series ‘In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia'.

Limited edition 50 x 50cm archival pigment prints available from SHOP



FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ARTWORK
A Russian fantasy set in Ussirland, home to both the Udege people and the Siberian or Amur tiger, this artwork was inspired by the iconic imagery of Royal Bengal tigers bathing in the forest pools of India’s, Ranthambore National Park. Albrecht Dürer’s watercolour 'Landscape with a Woodland Pool' (1496), a photograph of a lake in Ussuriland and Ivan Shishkin’s painting 'The Forest of Countess Mordvinova' (1891) provided inspiration for the drawing layers of the forest backdrop. At the edge of a lake where a tiger has come to bathe, sits an antique Russian dacha birdcage belonging to Jane. Inside the cage a reclining Siberian tiger not only symbolises Bengal tigers shading in the ruined palaces of Ranthambore, but also highlights the escalating numbers of tigers in captivity, whilst fewer than 3,500 individuals remain in the wild. A giant Siberian tiger sweeps through the forest, illustrating Amba, the Udege name for tiger meaning Guardian of the Forest. A Red Army cavalry breaks through the trees, signifying both Red and White Armies who, while based in Vladivostok during the Russian Revolution, almost hunted this tiger subspecies to extinction. To the right of the cavalry, a ghostly tiger and an Udege woman walk side by side. Inspired by photographs Jane took of her television as a recording of 'Amba the Russian Tiger' (Gordon Buchanan, 2008) played on screen, the couple proclaim the fragility of both wild tiger and Udege populations. The tranquillity of the forest is shattered by a loud noise. The wading tiger looks out of the drawing towards the disturbance. A sniper rifle hidden in the foliage indicates what he has seen – beyond the drawing a hunter has fired at the walking tiger in the second drawing of the diptych, ‘Bang!’.

The original drawing took several months to create on A3 paper with the intention of being reproduced to feature as a design for Jane's fine China and print collection but also as a 110 x 160cm large format print for exhibition, creating a sensory piece where the viewer imagines stepping into the forest, and experiences thoughts of sound, smell as well as the emotional tension of the unfolding drama.
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