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Warhol & White: Endangered Animals in Pop Art

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Andy Warhol’s trademark Pop Art style is more commonly associated with celebrities and Royalty but endangered animals such as an African elephant, a bighorn ram, a San Francisco silverspot butterfly, a black rhinoceros, and a Pine Barrens tree frog also received the bold and iconic Warholian treatment.

The complete set of 10 screenprints in Warhol's ‘Endangered Species’ series will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London later this month and are estimated to reach between £250,000 and £350,000. The series, produced in 1983, was born from Warhol’s increasing concerns over ecology. Séverine Nackers, Sotheby’s head of prints in Europe, told the Independent: “I think he was making a statement by representing these animals in the same way as Monroe, the Queen, and Muhammad Ali. He wanted to highlight the issue of them disappearing.”

The plight of endangered species continues to be highlighted today by pop artist Dave White. His incredibly successful ‘Natural Selection’ collection features equally colourful and powerful pieces depicting rare and endangered wildlife such as the Amazonian Parrot, Tiger and Chameleon.

Not only do these great works beautifully record a vanishing world but they also raise awareness of our responsibility to preserve the natural environment, our constant source of inspiration.

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