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From 2nd – 6th October 2014, ‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ my latest artwork made exclusively for Save Wild Tigers (SWT) will embark on an epic journey aboard the Eastern and Oriental Tiger Express. Departing from Raffles Hotel Singapore, travelling through the spectacular Malaysian countryside to Thailand, this original colour Biro drawing on a found Oriental Fan will be auctioned at journey’s end with all proceeds going directly to Save Wild Tigers.
‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ symbolises the depth of tradition through the iconography of a hand fan; as tiger species struggle to endure the 21st century, locked in a battle with traditional medicine, one of the greatest threats to their survival, this piece highlights the fact that tiger evolution is even older than tradition and my belief that tigers should now be placed above tradition in order to preserve them. A fluttering hand fan also represents that tigers teeter on the edge of extinction in the wild. ‘The Legend of the Last South China Tiger’ written and drawn especially for SWT focuses on the fate of the South China Tiger subspecies, which is thought to only survive in captivity.
“In creating ‘Cherry Blossom Girl”, I wanted to portray ‘hope’ that it is possible to save wild tigers. Saving tigers has been a lifelong passion since I was a small child and learned that the Caspian Tiger had finally been declared extinct. I hope this piece echoes the wondrous sights passengers will absorb during their journey and serve as a memento of an extraordinary experience. It was a challenging piece to make, drawing directly onto a wooden fan with colour Biro, a medium that allows no room for error. But this resonates with the hard work of SWT, a cause dedicated to maintaining the enrichment of our world by allowing us to share it with one of the most beautiful creatures that has ever existed.”
Guests onboard The Tiger Express are bound for SWT’s event of the year ‘The Majestic Tiger Ball’, The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 3rd October 2014. SWT have organised a spectacular evening of entertainment from ballet to fashion to an auction of exquisite tiger art. Included in the Majestic Tiger Ball art auction are luxury large print No.1/20 ‘Butterfly Lover’ and No’s 2/200 china plates ‘Shhh, it’s a Tiger!” and “Bang!”.
For further information about Save Wild Tigers inspirational ‘Inspire’ events this October please visit www.savewildtigers.org
The complete legend is now available to read at www.janeleemccracken.co.uk
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.
‘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?
For further information on this piece please visit this earlier post ‘Meet Odyssey and Old Foe’
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.
For further information please visit www.savewildtigers.org
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.
‘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.