Walton Ford, ‘Benjamin's Emblem’, 2000, Christie's


Signed and dated in pencil, numbered 'H.C. 1' (an hors-commerce proof, the edition was 50), published by Blue Heron Press, New York, with full margins, in very good condition, framed
Image: 35 ¾ x 23 ¾ in. (908 x 603 mm.)
Sheet: 44 ¼ x 30 ½ in. (1130 x 775 mm.)

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