During the 19th century, a Bengal tiger known as the Champawat Tiger terrorized residents of Nepal and the Kumaon areas of India. She killed an estimated 436 people, and legend has it she was so fearless, she conducted all of her attacks in the light of day. Jim Corbett, the man who finally put an end to the Champawat Tiger's reign in 1907, captured the animal's story in his book Man-Eaters of Kumaon.
Now Redbud Gallery presents the exhibit ''Manik Nakra: The Tigering.'' Starting in January 2012, Austin artist Manik Nakra began documenting all 436 tiger attacks in crude works in watercolor and gouache on paper — one painting for each attack. So far, Nakra has completed about 200 pieces depicting pre- and post-attack imagery, including the actual killings. For the Redbud exhibit, the works plaster the walls from floor to ceiling.
Asked why he chose to concentrate on such a brutal and violent killing spree, Nakra says the story of the Champawat Tiger has become an ''allegory for the messy and maddening road to progress in India.'' He adds, ''[And] because it's fucking badass.''
''No one else has done this, to my knowledge,'' says Redbud owner Gus Kopriva of Nakra’s ''The Tigering'' series. ''[It's] imaginative and very serious/humorous at the same time.'' Not to mention badass.
Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Through April 29. 303 East 11th. For information, call 713-862-2532 or visit redbudgallery.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 6. Continues through April 29, 2013