'The Orphans', Brown Bears, 2013 Black Biro Drawing

'The Orphans', Brown Bears, 2013 Black Biro Drawing

Original black Biro drawing ‘The Orphans’. This is the first drawing of her ‘Brown Bears’ diptych and one of eight designs from her iconic print and china series ‘In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia'. It highlights threatened and endangered carnivores across the Eurasian continent. Inspired by Ivan Shishkin’s painting ‘Morning in a Pine Forest’, Jane created an ethereal forest setting for the 'The Orphans' playground. Eerie creatures are formed from the patterns in the pine branches and foliage. This evokes the precarious world in which the cubs inhabit without their mother’s protection. Jane's meticulous drawings take several months to research and make.

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




FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SYMBOLISM
Ivan Shishkin’s painting ‘Morning in a Pine Forest’ 1889, is one of Russia’s most popular paintings depicting three bear cubs and their mother. In her drawing Jane has removed all traces of the mother from her representation of Shiskin's painting. Drawing a ‘Rorschach Inkblot Test’ of pine branches, inspired by the painting, a bear cub looks across at a ghostly mirror image of itself which indicates the legacy den hunting continues to create for young bears. The bear siblings play through the ghosts of previous orphans in the form of Shishkin’s painted bears. On the upper trunk is an image of Wojtek, the ‘Soldier Bear’, who was an orphaned Syrian Brown bear adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps in WWII. Is this their father gone to war? On the trunk is the regimental badge depicting Wojtek carrying artillery ammunition. Inclusion of this imagery presents contemplation of the use of animals working alongside humans in precarious front line situations.
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'The Orphans', Brown Bears, 2013 Black Biro Drawing

'The Orphans', Brown Bears, 2013 Black Biro Drawing

Original black Biro drawing ‘The Orphans’. This is the first drawing of her ‘Brown Bears’ diptych and one of eight designs from her iconic print and china series ‘In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia'. It highlights threatened and endangered carnivores across the Eurasian continent. Inspired by Ivan Shishkin’s painting ‘Morning in a Pine Forest’, Jane created an ethereal forest setting for the 'The Orphans' playground. Eerie creatures are formed from the patterns in the pine branches and foliage. This evokes the precarious world in which the cubs inhabit without their mother’s protection. Jane's meticulous drawings take several months to research and make.

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




FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SYMBOLISM
Ivan Shishkin’s painting ‘Morning in a Pine Forest’ 1889, is one of Russia’s most popular paintings depicting three bear cubs and their mother. In her drawing Jane has removed all traces of the mother from her representation of Shiskin's painting. Drawing a ‘Rorschach Inkblot Test’ of pine branches, inspired by the painting, a bear cub looks across at a ghostly mirror image of itself which indicates the legacy den hunting continues to create for young bears. The bear siblings play through the ghosts of previous orphans in the form of Shishkin’s painted bears. On the upper trunk is an image of Wojtek, the ‘Soldier Bear’, who was an orphaned Syrian Brown bear adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps in WWII. Is this their father gone to war? On the trunk is the regimental badge depicting Wojtek carrying artillery ammunition. Inclusion of this imagery presents contemplation of the use of animals working alongside humans in precarious front line situations.
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