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Walton Ford Watercolors at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Snake with Birds
Rhyndacus (2014) By Walton Ford (All Photos By Gail)

Paul Kasmin Gallery’s Tenth Avenue space is currently hosting Watercolors, an exhibit of new paintings by Walton Ford. For Watercolors, Ford continues to explore the visual and narrative scope of traditional natural history painting with his monumental watercolors, chronicling encounters between human culture and the natural world.

Walton Ford Tiger
The Tigress (2013)

Several pieces in this exhibition expand upon Ford’s longstanding practice of incorporating written marginalia in his work, and feature for the first time musings penned by the artist from the perspective of his animal subjects.

Walton Ford Baboon
Bosse-de-Nage 1898 – “HA HA!” (2014)

As in his previous work, Ford draws upon his ongoing natural history research, mining literary sources, folklore and historical anecdotes for inspiration and imagery. The painting Rhyndacus (2014) is derived from an account in Aelian’s De Natura Animalium. This ancient Roman miscellany of the natural world briefly mentions an impossibly large, sixty-foot serpent inhabiting Phrygia (present day Turkey) that was said to magically lure prey into its open maw. The artist has vividly realized the imaginary snake in a strikingly detailed portrait towering nearly 10 feet tall. By depicting native Turkish flora and fauna, Ford conjures a monstrously majestic Ancient Roman vision of the East.

Walton Ford Susie Gorilla
The Graf Zeppelin (2014)

In another work, The Graf Zeppelin (2014), Ford engages the story of Susie, the first female gorilla brought to the United States. She arrived in New York in 1929, having crossed the Atlantic in a first class cabin aboard the German airship. Ford depicts Susie mid-flight and has written marginalia from her point of view, carefully channeling her observations and state of mind.

Walton Ford Mandrill
Windsor, May 1829 (2014)

A third recent work, Windsor, May 1829 (2014), focuses on a formidable mandrill named “Happy Jerry” who lived in Edward Cross’s menagerie in London during the early nineteenth century. In his 1870 book Heads and Tales, Adam White describes Happy Jerry sitting at table, drinking port, smoking a clay pipe and dining with King George IV. Ford, again through meticulous research, recreates this unusual luncheon at Windsor. As he did with Susie, Ford incorporates Happy Jerry’s postprandial thoughts and sensations in the watercolor, writing from the primate’s point of view.

Because the paintings are behind glass, and owing to the natural light coming into the gallery from the street, capturing glare-free imagery in a photograph is quite challenging. So, let me just add that my photos do not do the works adequate justice and it is best to see them for yourself.

Walton Ford’s Watercolors will be on Exhibit through June 21st, 2014 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Locted on the corner of Tenth Avenue and West 27th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Walton Ford Signage

Blue Gorilla at Venice Beach

Blue Gorilla Venice Beach
Photo By Gail

This Blue Gorilla perched atop an archway on Market Street in Venice Beach, California was painted by artist Isabelle Alford-Lago. Apparently, his name is Vincent. Find out more about Isabelle and her work at This Link.

Iosselliani Debuts 2013 Holiday Jewelry Collection at NYC Flagship Boutique

Iosselliani Designers Logo
All Jewelry and Store Display Photos By Gail

Italian jewelry brand Iosselliani celebrated the launch of its Holiday 2013 Capsule Collection, which is exclusive to its New York Flagship Boutique, with a fun and festive reception and showcase this past Friday evening. Designers Paolo Giacomelli and Roberta Paolucci, the power duo behind the brand, were on hand at the event to mingle and answer questions about their uniquely gorgeous designs.

But First, let’s talk about the 800 Pound Gorilla in the room.

Giant White Gorilla Display

This ceiling-high Giant White Gorilla (Associates in the store told us it was an art piece purchased in Chicago) sits at the rear of the  sleek, intimate showroom and adds a cool, fun vibe to the store. It has nothing to do with the jewelry, but we could not resist photographing it for this story. Because, Giant White Gorilla.

Deco Collar Necklace

Giacomelli and Paolucci founded Iosselliani as a way to express their creative vision while grounding it in the aesthetic of traditional Italian jewelry. In 2005 Iosselliani opened their first flagship store R-01-IOS, which is located in Rome and the second shop, T-02-IOS, opened up in the Harajuku district in Tokyo on October 24th, 2008. The NYC Boutique, located on West 29th Street adjacent to the Fashion Accessory Wholesale District, is the first Flagship store in the US.

Diamond Spike Collar Necklace

We really loved this collection’s bold emphasis on Deco-inspired Designs.

Red White and Blue Jewel Necklace and Earrings

Also, do you love Skulls? We sure do. There are several gorgeous Cameo Skull pieces in the collection, as seen below.

Skull Necklace
Cameo Skull and Crystal Necklace

Skull Cameo Earrings
Cameo Skull Crystal Earrings

Skull Cameo Cuff
Cameo Skull and Crystal Cuff Bracelet

Jewel Tone Skull Earrings

The series of Skull post earrings above feature gold skulls paired with various colored crystal baguettes. So gorgeous.

Iosselliani‘s seasonal but enduring fashion accessories are carefully handcrafted by professional manufacturers, blending various materials with a sparkle of Swarovski crystals and semi precious stones. The signature pieces of reworked parts of vintage jewelry turn out to bold necklaces and bracelets along with sets of stack rings.

Chain and Jewels Link Cuff

An Associates was kind enough to model a few signature designs for our camera, such as this multi-strand chain and crystal bracelet.

Multi Ring Set

These stack rings, which are sold as a set, are another iconic Iosselliani design.

Green Bridal Collar Necklace
Green Bridal Collar Necklace

Front Window Bauble Display
Christmas Bauble Window Display

Jewel Chain Collar on Glitter Display

Prices on the Iosselliani 2013 Holiday Jewelry Collection start at under $200 and go up to $1,000 plus, so there’s something for every budget. All of the store employees are super nice and can help you choose the perfect holiday gift for your jewelry loving friends and family.

Multi Strand Necklace

IOSSELLIANI NY-04-IOS is located at 4 West 29th Street (Between Broadway and 5th Avenues) New York, NY 10001, Store Hours are Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 Noon – 6:00 PM. Visit them online at This Link.

Pink Thing of the Day: Pink Gorilla!

Pink Gorilla by Ron English
Image Source

Waging War on some Green Army Men in Pin Tanks, No Less. Art Courtesy of Ron English.