Walton Ford

 
 

Walton Ford’s monumental watercolors expand the visual language and narrative scope of traditional natural history painting, meditating on the often violent and bizarre moments at the intersection of human culture and the natural world. Although human figures rarely appear in his paintings, their presence is always implied.


Ford’s work is included in a number of collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A survey of Ford’s work was organized by the Brooklyn Museum in New York in 2006 and traveled to the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas and the Norton Museum of Art in Florida in 2007. Last year, Ford’s midcareer retrospective traveled from the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum Fur Gegenwart in Berlin, to the Albertina in Vienna and to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Taschen books has issued three editions of his large-format monograph, Pancha Tantra.


This limited edition lithograph was produced by Walton Ford in conjunction for his 2011 exhibition I Don't Like To Look At Him, Jack, It Makes Me Think Of That Awful Day On The Island. For the exhibition, Ford created nine paintings in two series: one comprising three portraits of King Kong and the other six meditating on a passage from the memoirs of ornithologist John James Audubon (1785-1851). Both series are consistent with Ford?s practice of expanding the visual language and narrative scope of traditional natural history painting.


                               

                                                                                                     From Artspace and Paul Kasmin Gallery