Walton Ford is a well known American contemporary artist based in New York. His large scale watercolor and gouache paintings take inspiration from the intricately detailed paintings by 19th century naturalists like John James Audubon.
Walton takes that genre’s conventions as a launching point for his excursions into oblique cultural and historic commentary on colonialism, industrialization and political aspects of the human condition.
Ford also changes the context of his subject by painting them at a dramatically larger scale, as well as including references to odd historical and pop cultural incidents and figures. You can get an idea of the scale of some of his work in the view of his painting “I don’t like to look at him, Jack” in his studio (images above, bottom two).
His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Walton Ford: Watercolors is an exhibition now on display at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York that runs to June 21, 2014.
As far as I know, Ford does not have a dedicated web presence.