Walton Ford at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Walton Ford, “Loss of the Lisbon Rhinoceros”, 2008, watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery.

An exhibition of recent watercolor’s by Art21 artist Walton Ford (Season 2) opens tomorrow at Paul Kasmin Gallery. This is the artist’s first exhibition at the gallery since his traveling retrospective, Tigers Of Wrath, and the publication of Pancha Tantra, a comprehensive monograph of his work. The exhibition closes on July 3, 2008.

An excerpt from the press release:

“Ford is especially interested in the perceptions of animals by humans as evidenced by documentation. After researching specific stories, Ford offers his interpretation—sometimes exaggerating the animal’s supposed humanness and in other instances, stripping the animal of imposed metaphors, and thereby restoring the candor of the animal’s bestial state. The anthropomorphic nature of Ford’s animals is often compared to the work of artist, John J. Audubon, one of Ford’s many influences.”

The Taschen Books website features a short video of Ford in his Berkshires studio in December 2007.