SPEAKER / Tuesday 21 August 2018, 12.30-1.30pm at RMIT Building 1, Level 2, Room 17
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.
Ford received a Master of Art from RMIT University in 2001. Ford has exhibited extensively within Australia and internationally, including most recently solo exhibitions at Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 and the 2015 Nakanojo Biennale, Japan. Selected awards, residencies and grants include: Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant (2015 & 2010); The 2006 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award; the 2004 Fletcher Jones Art Award; Art OMI Residency, Omi International Arts Centre, Columbia County, New York State, USA (2010); Bundanon Trust Residency (2010); and Australia Council Studio Residency in Rome (2006).