Grevys Zebra (FS II.300)
GREVYS ZEBRA 300
The Grevys Zebra 300 print is one in a series of 10 prints which make up his Endangered Species portfolio. The portfolio includes the African Elephant, the Pine Barrens Tree Frog, the Bald Eagle, the Giant Panda, the Siberian Tiger, the San Francisco Silverspot, the Orangutan, Grevy’s Zebra, the Black Rhinoceros and the Bighorn Ram.
GREVYS ZEBRA 300 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK
In 1983 Warhol was commissioned by his friend and publisher Ron Feldman and his wife Freyda to create the series of 10 endangered species. Both Freyda and Ronald were celebrated political activists who were very active philanthropists. In 1983, they asked Warhol, who was a friend, to create a portfolio of ten endangered species to raise environmental consciousness. Warhol fondly referred to this series as his “animals in makeup, ” given the bold pop colors he uses to portray the animals as large than life.The inspiration behind this series was to rise consciousness of environmental issues. Warhol fondly referred to this series as his “animals in makeup, ” given the bold pop colors he uses to portray the animals as large than life, exemplified in the Grevys Zebra (FS II300) print.