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Here is this month’s favorite artist : Walton Ford

Also known as ‘Nature Boy’, Ford is an artist that stands out from today’s tendencies in art. No extreme means, no hidden concepts, no shocking themes –well, at least not with a first glance. Take a note of this:

Blending depictions of natural history with political commentary, Ford’s meticulous paintings satirize the history of colonialism and the continuing impact of slavery and other forms of political oppression on today’s social and environmental landscape. Each painting is as much a tutorial in flora and fauna as it is as a scathing indictment of the wrongs committed by nineteenth-century industrialists or, locating the work in the present, contemporary American consumer society.”

Via Art21

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Inspired by stories of passionate explorers, natural history museums, wild animals and the taxidermy technique, Ford’s art is far from being taken for decorative. Although he has a mania for verisimilitude his paintings consist unusual combinations of animal coexistence and always a very interesting composition of the theme.

“Walton lives and works far away from the art centers. When he first moved to Great Barrington, he wondered if being away from New York would keep him from becoming a famous artist. But it has worked out. Paul Kasmin is selling his canvases for more money than he ever dreamed possible. Now he's the resident art star of the town.”
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The New York Magazine posted a very interesting interview of Ford.

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New York Magazine

“Walton Ford's fabulously detailed, Audubon-on-Viagra watercolors have been flying off gallery walls -- even if most of his audience is baffled by the peculiar birds and beasts that populate his paintings, and the darkly funny (and disturbing) stuff they're up to. The artist, as it turns out, is just as unconventional as his work.”

By Mark Jacobson

Find the article on:
The Esoteric Curiosa
Flavorwire

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WHO IS … Walton Ford?

Walton Ford was born in 1960 in Larchmont, New York. Ford graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with the intention of becoming a filmmaker, but later adapted his talents as a storyteller to his unique style of large-scale watercolor. Blending depictions of natural history with political commentary, Ford’s meticulous paintings satirize the history of colonialism and the continuing impact of slavery and other forms of political oppression on today’s social and environmental landscape. Each painting is as much a tutorial in flora and fauna as it is as a scathing indictment of the wrongs committed by nineteenth-century industrialists or, locating the work in the present, contemporary American consumer society. An enthusiast of the watercolors of John James Audubon, Ford celebrates the myth surrounding the renowned naturalist-painter while simultaneously repositioning him as an infamous anti-hero who, in reality, killed more animals than he ever painted.

Via Art21

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3/9/2011 12:29:12

This guy has a great piece that is reminiscent of Hitchock's "The Birds". Great stuff.

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9/29/2011 03:47:12

he is amazing, the ultimate "maximalist." named my son after him.

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9/20/2012 03:08:51

Lovely art works. I am so impressed by the bull one. Amazing work from Mr. Ford.

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Daniel Lombart
1/28/2013 23:43:41

Very impressive art work. Walton's is work most famous in the world.<a href="http://www.vistacollege.edu/online/">online career training</a>

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