Walton Ford, Tur (2007) via NY Sun
From May 8 to July 3, the Paul Kasmin gallery presents the works of New York born artist Walton Ford. Ford works on large scale watercolors and his subject matter is mostly animals. Though his work depicts animals almost scientifically, there are underlying themes such as colonialism, the impact of slavery, forms of political oppression, and present day social and environmental issues. Hidden within the animal portraits are interwoven clues, jokes and folktales.
Walton Ford, Loss of the Lisbon Rhinoceros (2008) via Paul Kasmin Gallery
Ford, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, started out intending to be a filmmaker, but storytelling is still reflected in his works. Ford draws on old prints for reference for his animal portraits. His piece Malmaison, which has two game birds who are fighting, is an allegory for the Napoleonic Wars.
Walton Ford, Malmaison (2008) via Paul Kasmin Gallery