Walton Ford
Killy
Killy, 2019, is the 14th collaborative print between artist Walton Ford and the Wingate Studio of Hinsdale, New Hampshire.
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Walton Ford

Killy

2019

six plate aquatint etching with dry point, hard ground, spit bite

paper: 29 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches, 74.9 x 57.1 cm
plate: 20 x 15 inches, 50.8 x 38.1 cm

The American Kestrel was formerly known throughout the United States as the Sparrow Hawk. The kestrel feeds on other birds, mice, reptiles, and insects. In 1895, Frank M. Chapman wrote in his Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America: “The Sparrow Hawk’s call is a rather high, quickly repeated killy-killy-killy-killy, which in some sections gives it the name of ‘Killy Hawk’.” (p.211)

Ford recalls a kestrel that would roost on the clothesline tower outside of his Brooklyn apartment window many years ago, and every afternoon the bird would eat an English sparrow. He noted, "I’m pretty sure that this was the bird’s only meal; that the hunt took very little effort; and that the rest of the bird’s day would be spent resting, or quietly soaring around the neighborhood. In creating this print, I got to thinking what it would be like if a sparrow hawk had the kind of greed and attachment to material things that humans have.”

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Photos courtesy of Wingate Studio. Photography by Alyssa Robb for Wingate Studio.
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Photos courtesy of Wingate Studio. Photography by Alyssa Robb for Wingate Studio.
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Photos courtesy of Wingate Studio. Photography by Alyssa Robb for Wingate Studio.
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Photos courtesy of Wingate Studio. Photography by Alyssa Robb for Wingate Studio.
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Photos courtesy of Wingate Studio. Photography by Alyssa Robb for Wingate Studio.
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Photos courtesy of Wingate Studio. Photography by Alyssa Robb for Wingate Studio.
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Photos courtesy of Wingate Studio. Photography by Alyssa Robb for Wingate Studio.

Walton Ford lives and works in New York, NY, and his work is included in a number of private and public collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 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 in 2010-11. Ford was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at the Musee de la Chasse, Paris. Taschen has issued three editions of his large-format monograph, Pancha Tantra.

Wingate Studio is based in the Connecticut River Valley, and under directors Peter and James Pettengill and Alyssa Robb, the Studio produces and publishes printed editions, books, and special projects with contemporary artists. Peter Pettengill and Walton Ford have been working together for over 20 years.

Additional Prints

Paintings on a wall
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Walton Ford

Pestvogel

2016

hard ground, soft ground, aquatint, spit bite, sugar lift, drypoint on Somerset Satin

paper: 40 x 30 3/4 inches; 101.6 x 78.1 cm
plate: 28 x 22 inches; 71.1 x 55.9 cm

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Walton Ford

Nantes

2009

etching, aquatint and drypoint on paper

paper: 47 3/4 x 36 7/8 inches; 121.3 x 93.7 cm
plate: 39 3/4 x 29 7/8 inches; 101 x 75.9 cm

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Walton Ford

Condemned

2006

6 copper plates, hardground etching, aquatint, spit bite aquatint, drypoint, scraping and burnishing on white Rives paper

paper: 21 3/8 x 15 3/4 inches; 54.3 x 40 cm
plate: 12 x 9 inches; 30.5 x 22.9 cm

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Walton Ford

Dying Words

2005

6 copper plates, hardground etching, aquatint, spit bite aquatint, drypoint, scraping and burnishing on white Rives paper

paper: 22 1/2 x 30 inches; 57.2 x 76.2 cm
plate: 13 3/4 x 17 7/8 inches; 34.9 x 45.4 cm

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Walton Ford

Bangalore

2004

5 plate hardground etching, aquatint, spitbite aquatint and drypoint on white Rives BFK paper

paper: 21 1/2 x 16 inches; 4.6 x 40.6 cm
plate: 12 x 9 inches; 30.5 x 22.9 cm

Paintings on a wall
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Walton Ford

Visitation

2004

six color hardground and softground etching, aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, drypoint on somerset satin paper

paper: 44 x 31 inches; 111.8 x 78.7 cm
late: 36 x 24 inches; 91.4 x 61.9 cm

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Walton Ford

Compromised

2002

six color hardground and softground etching, aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, drypoint and roulette on somerset satin paper

paper: 44 x 31 inches; 111.8 x 78.7 cm
plate: 36 x 24 inches; 91.4 x 61.9 cm

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Walton Ford

Tale of Johnny Nutkin

2001

six color hardground and softground etching, aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, drypoint on Somerset Satin paper

paper: 44 x 31 inches; 111.8 x 78.7 cm
plate: 36 x 24 inches; 91.4 x 61.9 cm

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Walton Ford

Benjamin's Emblem

2000

six color hardground and softground etching, aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, drypoint on somerset satin paper

paper: 44 x 31 inches; 111.8 x 78.7 cm
plate: 36 x 24 inches; 91.4 x 61.9 cm

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Walton Ford

La Historia Me Absolvera

1999

six color hardground and softground etching, aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, drypoint on somerset satin paper

paper: 44 x 30 inches; 111.8 x 76.2 cm
plate: 36 x 24 inches; 91.4 x 61.9 cm

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Walton Ford

Swadeshi-cide

1998

six color hardground and softground etching, aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, drypoint and roulette on somerset satin paper

paper: 44 x 30 inches; 111.8 x 76.2 cm
plate: 36 x 24 inches; 91.4 x 61.9 cm

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