Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Beautiful and then disturbing

In line with our curiosity and appreciation of Walker's work, Walton Ford is another artist whose are I find compelling on several layers. He paints highly detailed and beautiful watercolor paintings of animals, in a manner reminiscent of John James Audubon. Yet, on a closer look, his images are not in a manner reminiscent of Audubon. His animals are tortured, dieing, or highly sexualized, or all of the above. Let me know what you think (some of his work is like a car accident where you can't look away, but you know you should).

FYI, I just saw his work in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. I am inspired by this work and Walker's work, so I am going to go look at some classic illustrations and see what I come up with.

1 comment:

  1. yeah, very disturbing. I've seen this work before - I remember seeing the elephant one. I really like the illustration style, but a little shocking when you see the over sexualized stuff.
    similar in concept to some work I saw on - there were some thumbnail images that looked really cool and abstract black and white charcoal (I think) - upon closer examination it was a drawing of pornography - very close up. really interesting to look at something and think, oohhh this is cool... what the??!!!


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