Siberian Tiger
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Siberian Tiger 1983
  • Artist Rooms
In 1983 gallery owners Ronald and Frayda Feldman commissioned Warhol to create a series of prints based on endangered species. This image of a Siberian tiger is one of ten prints in the portfolio. Although all the works are based on other photographers' images, Warhol selected ones which seem to capture an air of sombreness, a poignant suggestion of their probable fate. He has combined a photographic screenprint with a vibrant, printed line-drawing, which transforms these still instantly identifiable animals into more fantastical creations. The prints were displayed in museums and sold at fundraising events to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Glossary Open

Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Portfolio

A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Commission, Portfolio, Print, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00451
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 50.70 x 40.50 cm (57.50 x 48.50 x 3.80 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008