Walton Ford - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 14, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

  • Exhibited

    San Francisco, John Berggruen Gallery, Walton Ford, June 1 – July 8, 2006; Brooklyn Museum, Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors of Walton Ford, November 3, 2006 – January 28, 2007; West Palm Beach, Norton Museum of Art, Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors of Walton Ford, June 16 – August 26, 2007

  • Literature

    B. Taschen, ed., Walton Ford: Pancha Tantra, Cologne, 2009, pp. 262-263 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ford’s combination of historical fact, natural history and surreal compositions inhabited by the birds, primates, reptiles and big cats among countless others come together to create a new kind of painting. It’s not historical or even nature painting per se, but rather an examination of the exploitation of the environment and a satire on political oppression. From a very early age, Ford was extremely fascinated with the wildlife and nature exhibits at New York’s Museum of Natural History. So much so that early on he began a study of John James Audubon’s works. Building upon that body of work, Ford has, since the 1990s, been searching for a way to utilize his love of nature and this type of classical illustration to comment on current societal views and critiques on nature and the environment.

Property from the Halsey Minor Collection


La Fontaine


Watercolor, gouache, graphite, and ink on paper.

60 x 120 in. (152.4 x 304.8 cm).

Titled “La Fontaine” upper left; initialed “W.F.” lower right.

$250,000 - 350,000 

Sold for $746,500

Contemporary Art Part II

14 May 2010
New York