For years I've been completely in love with Walton Ford's meticulously detailed watercolors of animals, so you might imagine that I was practically giddy to see his new work now on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery.
On first glance Ford's paintings might be mistaken for 19th century nature illustrations, but beyond the flawlessly rendered historical aspect of the paintings, the images often integrate both the unusual and the sinister. His monumental paintings (the three-paneled picture of the rhinoceros above measures over 8 x 12 feet!) depict his own personal vision of "the cultural history of our relationship with animals." Ford's images demonstrate his interest in how we perceive animals, and often exaggerate their human qualities. (Click images for detail.)
Also check out the limited edition monograph of his work called "Pancha Tantra" published by Taschen. Each book is signed, hand-crafted and printed with the finest reproduction techniques available. It is available through the Taschen website for $1800.