Bengal Tiger Cubs

The cubs will be out soon with some new friends.

The Fire House Bengal Tiger has had a litter of 5 cubs!! They are full of energy and ready to explore. They snuck into the Arts Center and got into some of the paint in the upstairs studios. They have headed out the door and are exploring Fuquay-Varina. If you spot one let us know with a photo at #weheartfv. 2 New cubs have joined them. 

Meet the Cubs:

Kusama

Kusama is named after Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. She started painting using polka dots around ten years old and has been ever since. In 2001 she received the Asahi Prize which is a Japanese award given to those who have made outstanding accomplishments in art and academics as well as contributed to the development and progress of Japanese culture. Kusama's use of bright colors and polka dots made her an obvious choice to become a tiger cub. 

Pumpkin, 2016, Stainless steel

Tiger painted after artist Yayoi Kusama
Tiger painted after Yayoi Kusama
Black and yellow pumpkin by artist Yayoi Kusama

Jo

Jo is named after Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. She is the sculptor for the incredible Pop Gallo, a three story tall Rooster sculpture made out of small,  triangular tiles. In Portuguese culture, the rooster represents luck and good fortune. Vasconcelos is the youngest and only woman ever to be featured in the Palace of Versailles in 2012 when she brought in over 1.6 million visitors to the palace. She has worked in brining arts and crafts to the 21st century as well as working in film. We are excited to welcome Jo to our litter.

Pop Gallo, 2016, Ceramic tile and LED lights

Tiger painted after artist Joana Vasconcselos
Tiger painted after artist Joana Vasconcselos
Pop Gallo by artist Joana Vasconcelos.

Tony

Tony is named after contemporary Navajo artist Tony Abeyta. He is known for his work in mixed media paintings. He also received the New Mexico Governor's Excellence in Art award in 2012. Recognized as a Native treasure by the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Abeyta is a wonderful addition to our litter of cubs. 

Stormy River Bend, 2018, Oil on canvas

Tiger painted after Tony Abeyta
Tiger painted after Tony Abeyta
Stormy River Bend by artist Tony Abeyta. Mountains with blue sky and brown and yellow landscape.

Alma

Alma is named after African American painter Alma Thomas, known for her work in abstract expressionism. Her painting style is inspired by her knowledge of color theory to create bold, mosaic-like watercolor paintings. Thomas is also the first African American artist in the White House collection. Michelle Obama purchased her piece, Resurrection for the family dining room.

Resurrection, 1968, Acrylic and Graphite

Tiger cub painting in the style of Alma Thomas
Tiger cub painted in the style of Alma Thomas
Resurrection- Alma Thomas

Frida

Frida is inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, famous fo her self-portraiture displaying questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class and race in Mexican society. Kahlo painted abstract self portraits that caused discussion on political issues, and was the first Mexican artist to be featured in the Louvre. 

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, Oil on canvas

Tiger cub painted in the style of Frida Kahlo
Tiger cub painted in the style of Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo

Jackson

Named after American painter Jackson Pollock, famous for his work done in the Abstract Expressionism style. Pollock’s ’action painting’ was done by pouring, splashing and dripping from all angles of the canvas. 

Convergence, 1952, Oil on canvas

Tiger cub painted in the style of Jackson Pollack- retired.
Tiger cub painted in the style of artist Jackson Pollock with spattered and dripped paint.
Jackson Pollock painting titled Convergence

Vinnie

Named after Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, famous for Post-Impressionist work. His bold colors and expressive brushwork can be seen in his depiction of the landscape, still life, portraits, and self portraits. 

The Starry Night, 1889, Oil on canvas

Vincent Van Gogh Tiger Retired
Tiger cub painting with Vincent van Gogh Starry Night Theme
The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

Keith

Named after American painter Keith Haring, famous for his pop art and graffiti like images. His chalk outlines of figures, dogs and other stylized images could be found in New York City subways in his early days. He later created large scale commissioned murals.

Pop Shop 1, 1987, Silkscreen

Tiger cub painted in the style of Keith Haring Pop Shop 1
Tiger cub painted in the style of Keith Haring Pop Shop 1
Keith Haring

Vasa

Named after Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky credited as the pioneer of abstract art. His non figurative work has a lyrical style. 

Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913 - Color Study

Bengal tiger cub painting in the style of Wassily Kandinsky Squares with Concentric Circles
Bengal tiger cub painting in the style of Wassily Kandinsky Squares with Concentric Circles
Kandinsky

Petey

Named after Dutch painter Pieter Mondrian, best known for his abstract style using simple geometric elements. His work influenced the abstract art movement as well as movements in design, architecture and fashion.

Composition II with Red Blue and Yellow, 1929, Oil and paper on canvas

Bengal tiger cub painted in the style of Piet Mondrian Composition II Red, Blue and Yellow
Bengal tiger cub painted in the style of Piet Mondrian Composition II Red, Blue and Yellow
Piet Mondriaan, 1930 - Mondrian Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow