Sadistic and Enchanting Animals

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Walton Ford has a show on at the moment, and it’s dazzling and terrifying at the same time. His huge watercolours are so detailed and beautifully made that it takes your breath away. He captures the animals in grotesque and honest situations, accompanied with gruesome stories from old colonial literature and folktales. They are filled with an ironic distance and a sharp comment on how we’ve treated animals though the years, but he’s abel to do this in a soft sarcastic whisper. He has almost outdone Audubon, an 19th century naturalist and painter, who has heavily inspired him to his very detailed and vintage style.

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