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Walton Ford

This has nothing to do with gardens but has everything to do with interesting!  I was turned onto Walton Ford’s work by my Phillip Jones who runs a nonprofit incubator for local artists called Institute 193 here in Lexington.  He knows of my obsession with all things natural and my desire to build my own Cabinet of Curiosities and introduce me to the amazing work of Walton Ford. He has been described as James Audubon on viagra.  His work is meticulously researched.  You can find some information on his book below as well as a link to purchase.

Beautiful Beasts: With Murderous Intent

Walton Ford thinks you’re an animal

At first glance, Walton Ford’s large-scale, highly-detailed watercolors of animals may recall the prints of 19th century illustrators John James Audubon and Edward Lear, and others of the colonial era. But a closer look reveals a complex and disturbingly anthropomorphic universe, full of symbols, sly jokes, and allusions to the ‘operatic’ nature of traditional natural history themes. The beasts and birds populating this contemporary artist’s life-size paintings are never mere objects, but dynamic actors in allegorical struggles: a wild turkey crushes a small parrot in its claw; a troupe of monkeys wreak havoc on a formal dinner table, an American buffalo is surrounded by bloodied white wolves. The book’s title derives from The Pancha Tantra, an ancient Indian book of animal tales considered the precursor to Aesop’s Fables.

This large-format limited edition includes an in-depth exploration of Walton Ford’s oeuvre, a complete biography, and excerpts from his textual inspirations: Vietnamese folktales and the letters of Benjamin Franklin, the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini and Audubon’s Ornithological Biography.

Ford’s paintings have been color-separated and reproduced in Pan4C, the finest serigraphic technique available, providing unequalled intensity and color range. The book includes 12 horizontal and 4 vertical foldouts that look awesome when you stand over them. And you will.

To go to the page on Taschen’s website where this was pulled from and to get further information about purchasing click here.

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