Siberian Tiger (1983)
About this artwork
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.
- title: Siberian Tiger
- accession number: AR00451
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1983
- measurements: 50.70 x 40.50 cm (57.50 x 48.50 x 3.80 cm)
- credit line: 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
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.