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.Read More
Juan Ford received a Master of Art from RMIT University in 2001. His many commissions include the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now 2013/2014, Manifesta 9 European Biennale 2012, Premier John Brumby for Parliament of Victoria Parliament House, Sir Isaac Isaacs, first Governor General of Australia for the Melbourne Jewish Museum, Monash University, The University of Sydney and Trinity College Melbourne.
Ford has exhibited extensively within Australia and internationally, including most recently solo exhibitions at Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 and the 2015 Nakanojo Biennale Gunma Prefecture.
Major group exhibitions include at The Daejeon Museum of Art Korea 2015, Bendigo Art Gallery’s Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2015, Art Stage Singapore, the National Portrait Gallery Canberra 2014 and the inaugural opening of Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA. Ford has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and also a finalist in the 2012 Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery New South Wales.
Text courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY dianne tanzer + nicola stein.
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
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Photorealism and hyper-realism are troubling genres. All too often we're left with empty gestures, pointing no further than back to the painting itself. Where the job of realism is to evoke the lived experience, hyper-realism might be read as painting's equivalent of the heavy metal guitar solo: all show and little substance. Luckily, Juan...
After a visit to the local store to buy a balaclava and sunglasses, Juan Ford dressed himself in a T-shirt that he splattered with green paint. He made a makeshift gun from twigs collected from around his home, located on the outskirts of Melbourne. He then set up a camera in his back yard and took photographs.