Recently debuted at an exhibition in New York city for the first time. These larger than life paintings show another side the Hollywood icon. This highly accomplished artist wanted to show the more vulnerable King Kong. Interesting slant for a fictional subject and legend of the big screen. But that’s what artists do best.
Here’s some background on the artist (From Wikipedia)
Walton Ford (born 1960 in Larchmont, New York ) is an American artist who paints large scale watercolors in the style of Audubon‘s naturalist illustrations. Each painting is a meticulous study in flora and fauna, while being filled with symbols, clues and jokes referencing a multitude of texts from colonial literature and folktales to travel guides. Ford’s paintings are complex narratives that critique the history of colonialism, industrialism, politics, natural science, and humanity’s effect on the environment.
Walton Ford is the recipient of several national awards and honors including a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and is one of the artists profiled on the PBS series Art:21. He had his first major one-man show at the Brooklyn Museum in 2006 and is currently represented by the Paul Kasmin Gallery in Manhattan.
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