While living in Seoul in the 70s, I was greatly influenced by Korean Folk Art. It was a traditional style of painting that included brilliant colours and simple subjects portrayed with humour and satire. The paintings illustrated folk legends, mythology and Shamanist spiritual symbols. The Tiger was considered a divine being and messenger of the mountain spirit. Korean tigers were rarely depicted as ferocious, but rather, as friendly, docile animals with a playful manner.
Here is a famous Korean Folk Art tiger painted 200 years ago by an unknown painter.
Here is one of my tigers from 2010.