Juan Ford, an interdisciplinary Australian artist who is highly regarded for his hyperrealist paintings, received hisMaster of Arts (Fine Art) from RMIT in 2001. As one of the most celebratedcontemporary Australian artists, Juan has received prestigious internationalawards and residencies across Australia, Italy and the United States. His manycommissions include the National Gallery of Victoria's Melbourne Now(2013/2014); Manifesta 9 European Biennale (2012); Premier John Brumby forParliament of Victoria Parliament House; Melbourne Jewish Museum; MonashUniversity; The University of Sydney; and Trinity College Melbourne.Read More
After many years of finessing realist still-life and portrait genre paintings, much of Ford's works ponder areconciliation between the natural and the constructed through drawingreferences from elements in the Australian art canon and landscape. A consistentimpetus in his work centers around observation and inquiry into humanity'srelationship with its surrounding natural environment. By virtue of his acutedexterity, Ford relies on hyperrealist paintings to transpose the viewers intothe scenarios/environments depicted, which are semblances of a post-apocalypticand dystopic realm. Natural motifs pervade Ford's works, profoundly reinforcingthe mystic sentiment that he strives to evoke. Subversive in his artistic ethosand intellectual in his rigor, Ford's paintings on show activate ahallucinatory function, thereby unleashing the uniquely persuasive visual cuesto drive his viewers into a disoriented world.
Parallel to the numerous awards and commissions the artist has received throughout his career, Juan also has an extensive exhibition history worldwide. His notable solo exhibitions within the decade include: Blank, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong (2019); Personal Structures, Palazzo Bembo, Venice (2016); Lord of the Canopy, McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, Melbourne (2014); When We take Flight, Bank of Melbourne in conjunction with National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2014); Lord of the Canopy, Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura (2013); Juan Ford: Works from 2001 - 2006, 24HR Art – Northern Territory Contemporary Art Centre, Darwin (2009). Juan has also taken part in many prestigious group exhibitions, such as New Histories (curated by Jess Brigfoot), Bendigo Art Gallery (2018); Analogue Art in a Digital World, RMIT Gallery Melbourne (2018); 21st Century Hyperrealism, Daejeon Museum of Art (2015); 5th Nakanojo Biennale, Gunma Prefecture (2015); In the Flesh, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2014); and Hotel de Immigrantes (curated by Tomasz Wendland), parallel program to Manifesta 9, Hasselt (2012).
A selection of institutions that collect Juan Ford's works include: Artbank; The Macquarie Bank; Campbelltown ArtGallery, Campbelltown; City of Whyalla; Fidelity International, Sydney; GeelongArt Gallery, Geelong; Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast; La TrobeUniversity, Melbourne; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; RMIT,Melbourne; RMIT Union Arts, Melbourne; Trinity College, University ofMelbourne, Melbourne; TXU Australia, Sydney; Victorian Energy Ombudsman,Melbourne; Westin Hotel, Sydney, as well as other private collections inAustralia and abroad.
Text courtesy Galerie du Monde.
At Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong, the centrepiece of Juan Ford 's recent solo exhibition Blank (15 March–20 April 2019) was Recollector (2018), a hyper-realistic portrait of a solo female figure standing against a clear blue sky, the painting cropped at her knee. She is costumed in white drapery, although fragments of red, blue, and yellow...
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