New Website – Take a Look and See…

Details of eyes from various Biro drawings by Jane Lee McCracken

Details of eyes from various Biro drawings by Jane Lee McCracken

Launched today, new website with new work, new projects and news of up and coming projects.  Take a look and see…

www.janeleemccracken.co.uk

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‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ on the Eastern and Oriental Tiger Express

 

'Cherry Blossom Girl' colour Biro drawing on found Oriental Fan, Jane Lee McCracken 2014

‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ colour Biro drawing on found Oriental Fan, Jane Lee McCracken 2014

‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ my latest artwork for Save Wild Tigers and the epilogue to ‘The Legend of the Last South China Tiger’ is soon to be bound on an epic journey.  From Singapore to Thailand ‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ will be exhibited in the main carriage of the Eastern and Oriental Tiger Express from 2nd October 2014. The Tiger Express, carrying guests to Save Wild Tigers sensational event of the year, The Majestic Tiger Ball at The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 3rd October 2014, will depart from Raffles Hotel, Singapore.

An original colour Biro drawing on a found Oriental Fan ‘Cherry Blossom Girl’, will be auctioned on board the Tiger Express before journey’s end in Thailand on 6th of October.  All proceeds from the auction of this exclusive piece of tiger art will go directly to Save Wild Tigers.

'Cherry Blossom Girl' colour Biro drawing on found Oriental Fan and 'Amoy' black Biro drawing on red silk box interior, Jane Lee McCracken 2014

‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ colour Biro drawing on found Oriental Fan and ‘Amoy’ black Biro drawing on red silk box interior, Jane Lee McCracken 2014

In writing the epilogue to the legend I wanted to portray ‘hope’, that it is possible to save wild tigers.   This artwork is dedicated to tigers and the amazing work of Save Wild Tigers.

 So revealed for the first time here is the conclusion to the legend

'Cherry Blossom Girl' colour Biro drawing on found Oriental Fan, detail

‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ colour Biro drawing on found Oriental Fan, detail

High up the great mountains of China in a little known village, there lives a beautiful young Tigress. Orphaned as a cub, her mother killed by poachers, a villager found her and brought her home. Protected and loved by all in the village, she has thrived. One day an enchanting butterfly appears. As she flutters in the wind that swirls through the streets, round the houses and over the bridge, someone glimpses the twitch of a tiger’s tail in the cherry blossom drifts that have fallen from the trees. Following the intrepid trail of Butterfly Lover Zhu Yingtai, Amoy, once thought to be the last South China Tiger, has travelled far up the mountain and finally reached his destiny. He enters the village, crosses the bridge and is united with the beautiful Tigress of his dreams.

For further information about Save Wild Tigers inspirational ‘Inspire’ events this October follow the link to their website www.savewildtigers.org

“In the Forests of the night” 3000 Wild Tigers Remain

'Bang!" Siberian Tiger plate back with gold inscription and plate front

‘Bang!” Siberian Tiger plate back with gold inscription and plate front

Two weeks ago I wrote the following inscription on the back of one of my Siberian Tiger plates “Bang!”, for Save Wild Tigers event of the year, ‘Inspire’, Kuala Lumpur, October 2014,

“Fewer than 3,200 wild tigers remain, lets inspire a generation and reverse the decline”.

Today sadly, the official number of tigers in the wild just released, stands at only 3000.

The clock is ticking and ticking fast, but there’s still time to save the tiger.  To join the fight back and help keep the tiger “burning bright” visit www.savewildtigers.org

More information about ‘Inspire’, Kuala Lumpur coming soon.

"Bang!", Siberian Tiger, 'In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia', 2013 black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

“Bang!”, Siberian Tiger, 2013 black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

 

War Horse – Remembering all Beings lost in The Great War

'Odyssey', The Dreamers, 2013 original Biro drawing on china by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Odyssey’, The Dreamers, 2013 original Biro drawing on china by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Odyssey’ (Lomonosov Foal) – A lying foal ‘Odyssey’ dreams of his odyssey through life – black Biro drawing made of layers of images inspired from ‘The Red and the White’, Miklós Jancsó, 1967, ‘White Mane’, Albert Lamorisse, 1953 and ‘Les sang des bêtes’, Georges Franju, 1949.  Hope for a bright future is portrayed in the innocent form of the young foal’s figurine as Odyssey faces his journey through life, tracing his playful youth as a colt ridden bareback by a young boy to cavalry horse of the revolutionary Red Army, to its journeys end at an abattoir.  This piece depicts the fate of many war-horses, often cruelly treated and asks whether this is a fitting demise for an animal who has given its life to war service for humans?

'Odyssey', The Dreamers, 2013 original Biro drawing on china by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Odyssey’, The Dreamers, 2013 original Biro drawing on china by Jane Lee McCracken

For further information on this piece please visit this earlier post ‘Meet Odyssey and Old Foe’

 

Less than 3200 Wild Tigers Remain

'Shh, it's a Tiger', gold inscription on china plate back, 2014

‘Shh, it’s a Tiger’, gold inscription on china plate back, 2014

Since writing and drawing this inscription on the back of ‘Shh it’s a Tiger!’ china plate for ‘Thrive’, Save Wild Tigers exhibition on 14th May 2014, there are now estimated to be fewer than 3200.  Less than 4 months ago wild tiger numbers were estimated at 3500.

'Shh, it's a Tiger!', luxury fine English china plate by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Shh, it’s a Tiger!’, plate front symbolising the plight of Siberian Tiger one of 6 tiger subspecies.

For further information please visit www.savewildtigers.org

Happy Global Tiger Day! ‘Butterfly Lover’ Prints

'Butterfly Lover', Luxury large format Archival Pigment Print of original Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Butterfly Lover’, Luxury large format Archival Pigment Print of original Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

Happy Global Tiger Day!

There are still luxury large format Archival Pigment prints of ‘Butterfly Lover’ available with all profits donated to SAVE WILD TIGERS.

Beautifully crafted to order by one of the finest master printmakers in the UK, Jack Lowe, these 50cm x 50cm limited edition of 20, signed and numbered Archival Pigment Prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm  are reproduced from my original black and neon orange Biro drawing.

With less than 3200 tigers left in the wild, SAVE WILD TIGERS helping to raise funds for their vital work, saving tigers in the wild.

Prints are priced at £225 including P&P.

For enquiries & print orders please visit my online SHOP.

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‘Butterfly Lover’ is part of my triptych ‘The Legend of the Last South China Tiger’ which was written and drawn especially for SAVE WILD TIGERS ‘Thrive’ Exhibition, curated by Lauren Baker, 14th – 18th May 2014, Sanderson Hotel, London and Tiger Dinner Auction at the Mango Tree 20th May, 2014.   For further information about SAVE WILD TIGERS please visit their website.

 

Machli – Queen of Tigers

'Machli' (Midwinter Fawn Figurine) - black Biro on china by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Machli’ (Midwinter Fawn Figurine) – black Biro on china by Jane Lee McCracken

New work is on its way!  Prototypes ‘Machil’,  one of seven figurines, ‘The Dreamers’, with original Biro drawings on china, forms part of a wider project about life and death in the animal world, both naturally and at the hands of man.

'Machli' black biro drawing on china by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Machli’ black biro drawing on china by Jane Lee McCracken

A restful fawn dreams of being hunted by the great tigress Machli – black biro drawing inspired by layers of still images taken of the wildlife documentary ‘Natural World: Queen of Tigers’ BBC 2012/13, Mike Birkhead Associates with Colin Stafford-Johnson.  Machli, the most famous tiger in the world is the pride of Ranthambore National Park, India.  Her life has been documented from cub to old age in two beautiful and moving films by Mike Birkhead Associates.  This piece represents the natural cycle of life and death in the animal world.  It also represents how vital indigenous prey species are for wild tigers.  Tigers are threatened by wildlife crime but also by habitat loss.  With an estimated 3200 tigers left in the wild there are now more tigers in captivity.

'Machli' - black Biro drawing on china by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Machli’ – black Biro drawing on china by Jane Lee McCracken

Inspired by Goya’s Los Caprichos, ‘The Dreamers’ represent the innocent physicality of sleep whilst the torrid kaleidoscope of dreams cascades through the brain.   ‘The Dreamers’ also represents the quiet moments of peace and daydreams before the inevitability of life’s realities steals ‘innocence’.  Dreams play out like films in our minds, abstract fragments of the brain’s data input of information and our fears and hopes.  Much of my work is based on the subject matter of loss through war and disaster or environmental destruction, represented in layered Biro drawings using stills from films often creating an abstracted phantasmagoria of images and thoughts.  Films transport and capture our minds just like dreams do; they face our fears, portray our hopes and can be therapeutic tools in our waking hours as dreams are deemed brain therapy in our sleep.

I made a random collection of figurines from local charity shops, so that my philosophy of simply using what is close at hand, such as a Biro for drawings was upheld with the choice of figurines available on each day.  Damaged and repaired figurines were still selected to retain the memory of the figurine’s previous life and owner.  Each figurine was then painted white, purifying them from the original manufacturers painted design and stripping each figurine back to the foundations of its physical representation thus creating a blank canvas.  This brings a sense of life to each figurine without the distraction of painted design before the original black Biro drawings are drawn onto the painted surface as well as white representing the purity of ‘a being’ at sleep.  An incredibly hard surface to draw on, these pieces were challenging and remain precious for the intimacy shared with each piece by holding them in my hands as I drew on them.

Further images will be released as this project continues.  

For further information about tigers, please visit the amazing Save Wild Tigers, a global initiative dedicated to saving tigers in the wild .