The Wounded Head:
New Work by Larkin Ford
The drawings and paintings of Larkin Ford follow the tradition of Caravaggio, Francisco de Goya, Otto Dix, and Paula Rego in combining dramatic lighting and carefully observed surface detail with an emphasis on the grotesque. Ford also draws upon the rich tradition of Southern Gothic literature, particularly William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor.
Ford says: “I am interested in exploring this relationship between spirituality and the grotesque. The clergy have often interpreted physical aberrations as having spiritual relevance. In the Christian tradition of the middle ages, the births of deformed animals have been interpreted as apocalyptic omens or miracles. This is also relevant to my paintings: I portray grotesque events and images with an air of monumentality, infusing them with a solemn or transcendent atmosphere. This combination of disgust and spiritual ecstasy allows the paintings to transcend mere shocking sensationalism, engaging the viewer's intellect and evoking a visceral reaction. These drawings revolve around the themes of spiritual violence, and mutability. I strive to create grotesquely otherworldly imagery in the vein of Pieter Brueghel, Francisco de Goya, and Francis Bacon.”
Larkin Ford grew up in Taylorsville, North Carolina. He received a BFA from UNC Asheville in 2008, majoring in Art and minoring in Literature. Ford has exhibited drawings and paintings at the 2006 and 2007 Selected Student Art Exhibitions, the 2007 Juried Student Show, and Launched, a selection of artwork from the UNC system. After his student solo exhibition, Ford displayed art in Biltmore's Garage Gallery. He has worked on an array of projects, including freelance tattoo design, mural painting, and graphic novel illustration. Ford has also contributed art to UNCA's 2009 and 2011 Alumni Shows.
Ford is the illustrator and co-creator, with writer Brockton McKinney, of the comic book series Ehmm Theory. The first issue was published in early 2011, and is in its second print run.
Please join the artist at Asheville's Flood Gallery on August 6th, from 7-10pm for his opening reception. Ford’s work will be on exhibit until August 31st.