Ian Waldron: The tower of blue horses
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Ian Waldron presents a striking series of recent paintings including the title piece The tower of blue horses. This work is a reference to German expressionist painter Franz Marc’s 1913 work of the same name. The artist comments: I have been painting horses a long time. On Kurtjar country, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, they are part of our kinship system, regarded with familial care and affection…When I decided to paint a series in blue, I was reminded of the blue horse works of Franz Marc. I was struck by the parallels between my own and Marc’s treatment of animals, particularly with regard to spiritual kinship and the status of horses, not as beasts of burden, but kin. Another parallel between Franz Marc’s and Ian Waldron’s oeuvre is Ian’s 2020 work The pale horse, painted during COVID, with its biblical reference from The Book of Revelations to ‘the four horsemen of the apocalypse’ which Franz Marc had also cited, anticipating World War One.