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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Walton Ford - Pancha Tantra

If John Audubon and the Marques de Sade were to somehow have a baby and then raised that baby on a steady diet of National Geographic and Stephen King, this weird kid would make paintings depicting the beautiful brutality of nature and his name would be Walton Ford. Here is a snarling tiger whose tail is being gnawed on by wasps, a thousand passenger pigeons whose weight has snapped off a massive tree limb, a family of orangutans that has commandeered a human's dinner table. Replete with penciled "field notes" (observations, quotations literary and scientific), incredibly detail, rich in color and anatomical correctness, Ford's paintings reveal that animal nature will always trump man-made morality.

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