Walton Ford: Calafia
This book was published on the occasion of Walton Ford: Calafia at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery. It features six new watercolor paintings from the Calafia series, in which Ford depicts California through an amalgam of its myths, legends, and folklore.
When the Spanish sailed up the western coast of North America, they named the land after the imaginary island, ruled by a warrior queen named Calafia, they had read about in a sixteenth-century novel by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. Echoing this process, in which fantasy makes its way into the landscape of reality, Ford depicts various creatures, both real and invented, in the Californian image-scape, using his characteristic meticulous rendering.
The volume includes a text by novelist Emma Cline, along with research texts, source images, and preparatory sketches.