Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Walton Ford.

There is something a touch dull about those toucan prints, though-- maybe they're just a little too innocent. For it to really work well with our style, we might need images that are just a little off, just a little dark-- like the zoological watercolors of Walton Ford. Though he uses the tropes and style of eighteenth/nineteenth century naturalists, he uses his works to comment on themes like colonialism and the natural sciences. I like the bizarre painting of the gluttonous heron above, or the ominous image of the gharial and the monkey below. Anyone know if he's done one of tropical birds?

2 comments:

Yoli said...

No but I will be checking back to see if he does. I love these! Hope you are having a great holiday season Xander.

Laura Kelley said...

Hi Xander:

Walton has done tropical birds, northern birds - even extinct birds! One of my favs of his is the 'New Tricks' with one of China's ancient birds tethered to a human wrist.

Enjoy Mexico - a little early for a hammerheads but I bet if you dive you'll meet a ray or two!

Happy Holidays!

Laura