Walton Ford, ‘Ars Gratia Artis’, 2017, Gagosian

Image rights: © Walton Ford. Photography by Tom Powell. Courtesy Gagosian.

About Walton Ford

Turning the work of naturalist and painter John James Audubon on its head, Walton Ford imbues the flora and fauna in his own watercolors and prints with sex, violence, and melodrama. His aim is to satirically comment on the history of colonialism, slavery, and other forms of oppression. The beauty and naturalism of his meticulously rendered scenes belie their comedic grotesqueness. As he explains, “I think that there’s almost no subject that you can’t treat with some humor, no matter how brutal it can seem.”

American, b. 1960, Larchmont, New York, based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts