Many years ago, shortly out of art school, I answered a listing for a job as a carpet designer. Not knowing anything about what the job required, I did an internet search in preparation for the interview and ran into some images of Tibetan tiger rugs. Alas, I didn't get the job, but I remained fascinated by the images I had discovered, despite being a century old, the tiger rugs looked so modern, their geometric underpinnings perfectly reflecting their medium. It wasn't easy to find information on them, but years later I was able to get my hands on an excellent (and long out of print) catalogue by Mimi Lipton. I learned that tiger pelts had traditionally been used in Tibet by people in power and authority, and that in the 19th century, after the skins had become scarce and prohibitively expensive, they had been replaced by woven rugs. Although Nepalese copies are now relatively easy to find in specialty stores, Tibetan tiger rugs remain very rare; fewer than 200 of the authentic pieces have survived. I've only seen a handful in real life in exhibits at The Metropolitan and the Rubin Museum. I was reluctant to translate the idea of tiger rugs into painting, until one day, while buying office supplies, I found an oversized pad of graph paper and realized it offered the grid structure the images required. I painted these two tiger pelts as quickly as I could with gouache to play off the cheeriness of the rugs that inspired me against the strict formality of the compositions.
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+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
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+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available
Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.