Walton Ford
Condemned, 2006
6 copper plates, hardground etching, aquatint, spit bite aquatint, drypoint, scraping and burnishing on white Rives paper
image: 12 x 9 inches; 30.5 x 22.9 cm
sheet: 21 3/8 x 15 3/4 inches; 54.3 x 40 cm
Edition of 75 



Condemned includes a quote from Carl Panzram, an American serial killer who was executed in 1930. While the noose was being put around his neck, he spat in his executioner's face and declared, "I wish the entire human race had one neck and I had my hands around it."


WALTON FORD’s watercolors and editioned prints expand the visual language and narrative scope of traditional natural history painting, meditating on the often violent and bizarre moments at the intersection of human culture and the natural world. Although human figures rarely appear in his works, their presence is always implied.

Ford’s work is included in a number of private and public collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of Art. A survey of Ford’s work was organized by the Brooklyn Museum in 2006 and traveled to the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas and the Norton Museum of Art in Florida in 2007. In 2010 – 2011, Ford’s midcareer retrospective traveled from the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum Fur Gegenwart in Berlin, to the Albertina in Vienna and to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Ford was recently the subject of a solo exhibition within the Musée de la Chasse, Paris. Taschen Books has issued three editions of his large format monograph, Pancha Tantra.