Printed in 1983, Grevy’s Zebra (F. & S. II.300) is a signed screen print in colour on Lenox Museum Board by Andy Warhol. The print depicts a Grevy’s Zebra, an endangered species native to Eastern Africa. Grevy’s Zebras have come under threat due to hunting and the loss of their natural habitat. The Zebra is rendered in unexpected bright and vibrant colours, characteristic of Warhol’s Pop Art aesthetic. The Zebra’s black and white stripes are reinvigorated through Warhol’s vibrant use of yellow, red and blue gestural lines and coloured layering, animating the Zebra, making it stand out against the blue backdrop.
Grevy’s Zebra (F. & S. II.300) is part of the Endangered Species series, commissioned in 1983 by New York gallerists and environmental activists, Ronald and Frayda Feldman. This series is composed of 10 prints, each depicting a different endangered species. The aim of the series is to raise awareness about the threat animals are facing due to climate change, pollution, deforestation and hunting. The series captures Warhol’s interest in nature, indeed, many of his other prints such as the Flowers and Cow series take wildlife and animals as their inspiration.
The print was made using Warhol’s signature screen printing technique. As an artist, Warhol knew how to transform everyday subjects like Campbell’s Soup into works of fine art through his ingenious use of colour and Pop Art aesthetic. This occurs in Grevy’s Zebra (F. & S. II.300) as the Zebra is animated through luminous colour and dynamic lines.