VIDEO: In the Studio with Juan Ford
Address: 108 - 110 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Juan Ford's practice has consistently been engaged with opening up new possibilities for realism in painting. He has employed many strategies that argue around the theoretical 'problems' of realism in painting. Ford enjoys exploiting the limited shortcomings of the dull, officially sanctioned dialogue between painting and it's would-be executioner, photography, in order to develop new potential for realism. While his work evolves and varies across time, it characteristically involves an examination of the human figure and its relationship to its environment.
Juan Ford graduated from RMIT University in 1998. Since then Ford has exhibited widely including at the Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane, National Portrait Gallery Canberra, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, and the Art Gallery of NSW. He has received many awards, including People’s Choice for the 2010 Basil Sellers Art Prize, the 2006 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award and the 2004 Fletcher Jones Contemporary Art Prize. Most recently he has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize and Archibald Portrait Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Ford has completed numerous official commissions, including the portrait of The Hon. John Brumby, former State Premier of Victoria, for the Victorian State Parliament. In 2011 Ford undertook a residency at the OMI International Arts Centre, New York and has recently been commissioned to create work for Hotel de Immigrantes, a project in Manifesto 9, the European Biennale.