New York artist Walton Ford may live and work in Manhattan, but real nature, far beyond what can be found in the city streets, has been at the center of his practice for decades.
A series of new, monumental paintings are currently on view at Paul Kasmin’s 10th Avenue space. As he has done in previous work, he mines literally sources, folklore and historical anecdotes for inspiration and imagery. Throughout “Watercolors,” Ford taps into a fusion of narratives and natural history — an interest he’s held since a very young age.
“When I was a kid growing up, I figured I’d be a natural history artist. I lived in the suburbs of Westchester County and the only nature that I was really exposed to on a daily basis was like the edges of golf courses and shit like that. And I was hungry for it,” says Ford. “So I would find a little stream and catch frogs all day… pretty soon I started bringing wild animals into my room.”
Last week, as part of Neuehouse’s speaker series at Frieze New York, Ford and arts writer Dodie Kazanjian sat down to discuss the trajectory of Ford’s paintings, which can command up to $1 million per piece.
“Watercolors” at Paul Kasmin Gallery is on view through June 21.