The Norton Museum of Art

Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford From Jun 16th through Sep 2nd, 2007The Norton Museum of Art will display more than thirty of Walton Ford’s meticulously rendered watercolors of vividly imagined birds, snakes, monkeys, and tigers from June 16th to September 2nd, 2007. Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford, is comprised of large-scale watercolors created between 1990 and the present exploring such themes as colonialism, the naturalist tradition, and the extinction of species. Using the animal kingdom as a mirror of the human world, Ford employs his skill as an artist and observer to communicate his views on society. Ford drew his early inspiration from the work of nineteenth-century artist and naturalist John James Audubon—particularly his prodigious Birds of America series—as well as from visits to the American Museum of Natural History. Other influences include J.J. Grandville and Sir John Tenniel, the French artists whose caricatures of part-human, part-animal subjects satirized nineteenth-century French and British society; Edward Lear, an artist and writer known for his nonsensical poetry and limericks; George Catlin, a self-taught painter of Native Americans; and Francisco Goya, the Spanish artist working at the turn of the nineteenth-century. Born in Larchmont, New York, in 1960, Walton Ford is a 1982 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the recipient of several national awards and honors including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, please call: 561.832.5196

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