Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Animal House

Hansa Aardvark
Hansa makes the best, most realistic stuffed toys I've seen. I first noticed them at Sweet William on N. 6th Street, which has a fantastic rotating collection of polar bears, black sheep, and vultures. No cloying bunnies in this collection. These are fierce, sometimes obscure, always amusing critters.

The Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London, by Walton Ford 
They remind me of the work of American artist Walton Ford...

Walton Ford at Paul Kasmin Gallery

But until I have many tens of thousands to drop on one of his gorgeous paintings (inspired, in part, by the famous Audubon prints) I might settle for this handsome bison.

Hansa Bison

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