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Longo was first recognized for his hyperrealistic charcoal illustrations during the 1980s, and today the artist continues to challenge his outstanding artistic ability, particularly through images of powerful—his intense, closely cropped drawing of this tiger belongs to The Mysteries series of 2009.
"Also, as a kid, I didn’t read, I just looked at picture magazines like Life. And that's how I first saw the work of the ABEX guys, as black and white images in a magazine." — Robert Longo
Typical to Longo, this work presents a texturized charcoal surface aiding to its velvety depth, blackened expanses, and sharply contrasting whites. The monochrome, photo-realistic aesthetics of Longo yet again captivates and draws the attention to the symbolic meaning of the presented imagery.