Walton Ford and exploration

Walton Ford (1960),  painter.

Each of his paintings is a meticulous study in flora and fauna, while being filled with symbols, clues and jokes referencing a multitude of texts from colonial literature and folktales to travel guides.

Ford’s paintings are complex narratives that critique the history of colonialism, industrialism, politics, natural science, and humanity’s effect on the environment. His prints are meticulous and fastidious in execution.

Walton Ford appropriates the crisp, descriptive style of 19th-century naturalists and artists—John James Audubon, Karl Bodmer, George Catlin—but he puts their conventions to work in an investigation of natural history itself.

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