I really think it is fantastic when I am lucky enough to find out about a modern artist that I instantly fall in love with. I just finished reading an interview with large scale water color painter Walton Ford in the October issue of Art in America magazine, and I am totally floored.
In the interview Ford discusses his early fascination with natural history field studies, such as those of famous naturalist painter John James Audubon, as well as the painted dioramas of the Natural History Museum in NYC. This inspiration is quite obvious when viewing his paintings, though his extremely referential style is stopped short of becoming gimmicky by the addition of macabre themes and political undertones.
Make sure to click the images below in order to view them in a much largrer format. It is worth the load time to see the detail. Trust me.
Falling Bough, 2002, 60 3/4 by 119 1/2 inches
Madagascar, 2002, 120 by 60 inches