John Banovich - Pbi6ak Ha Tyhliie (Fisherman on the River Toonsha)
Limited Edition Giclée Canvas Gallery Edition- 28" x 42": 75 s/n plus 7 Artist Proofs • Limited Edtion: $1,500 • Artist Proof: $1,800
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Far from the humid jungles these Big Cats are often imagined to wander, the Siberian tiger can be found thriving in the cold, distant reaches of the Russian tundra, on the precipice of Eurasia.
"Рыбак на Туньше translates from Russian to “Fisherman on the River Toonsha,” an upper tributary of the Serebryanka, mostly within the Zapovednik of the Sikhote Alin biosphere reserve in the Russian Far East, one of the last refuges on earth for the Siberian tiger. Also known as the Amur tiger, its numbers in the wild have dwindled to approximately 420, making it one of the most endangered of all great cats. It is a place I know well as I have tracked tigers in this wild, remote wilderness on several occasions with researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society…even finding a fresh tiger kill of a large sika deer stag. Toonsha was the original name of the creek (indigenous or Chinese) before the Russians renamed so many things. The term “Рыбак” is a local slang word for fisherman, a familiar sight as tigers are opportunists who are attracted to movement and unlike lions, seem to really like water.” - John Banovich