Walton Ford – Natural history illustrations with a modern twist

As a researcher working on natural history illustrations, it is a real pleasure to look at the art of Walton Ford (b. 1960), an American artist who specialises in natural history imagery (in the style of John James Audubon and others).

There is much to be gained, I think, from his approach to natural objects as subjects, in particular the sense of bewildering familiarity his images convey  -which should remind us, historians of the visual culture of science, of the perils of taking the persuasive proximity of some natural history illustrations lightly.

Samples of his work can be found at the web of the Paul Kasmin Gallery

See also his monograph: Walton Ford, Pancha Tantra (2nd edition, Taschen, 2009)

A nice review of his work by Calvin Tomkins, for the New Yorker, can be found here



About Jose Ramon Marcaida

I’m a historian of science interested in the history of early modern Iberian science and its connection with Renaissance and Baroque visual culture. More generally, I’m interested in the relation between texts, images and things across the Humanities.
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