The art of Walton Ford
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‘Tantra Pancha’: the art of Walton Ford

The paintings of Walton Ford recall 19th century natural science illustrations, British colonial art and, perhaps most noticeably, the work of John James Audubon. The new book “Pancha Tantra,” from Taschen, pulls together a comprehensive overview of his work. (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
It’s not incidental that some animals in Walton Ford’s paintings bear a resemblance to humans, as in “Jack on His Deathbed.” (Johansen Krause / Taschen Books)
Another theme in Ford’s work: a natural order threatened. Consider: “Der Panterausbruch.” (Johansen Krause / Taschen Books)
Ford’s “The Sensorium” abounds in allegory. (Johansen Krause / Taschen Books)
“Buddha Purnima” is the sort of densely packed picture for which Walton Ford is known. His paintings have been shown at the Whitney, the Brooklyn Museum and at the Michael Cohn Gallery in Los Angeles. (Johansen Krause / Taschen Books)
Danger to the environment, one of Walton Ford’s foremost themes, can be read in “Chalo, Chalo, Chalo!” (Johansen Krause / Taschen Books)
There’s a snake in the garden in Ford’s “Atma.” (Johansen Krause / Taschen Books)
Walton Ford’s “Eothen”: Beauty imperiled. (Johansen Krause / Taschen Books)
Ford’s “Lost Trophy.” The original was rendered on paper in watercolor, gouache, pencil and ink. (Johansen Krause / Taschen Books)
Walton Ford’s “Limed Blossoms.” It’s a six-plate hardground etching with aquatint and dry-point, as well as scraping and burnishing. (Taschen Books)
A museum exhibition in book form, “Pancha Tantra” includes such Walton Ford works as “Thanh Hoang.” (Johansen Krause / Taschen Books)