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  • “"De Terra" (2019)”

    mixed materials on canvas, 72x48 inches

  • “Jack And Jane Do It All Right”Jack And Jane Do It All Right

    paper collage, One Sheet Wonders series

  • “Wrapped Up In U (Tight Pants Remix)”Wrapped Up In U (Tight Pants Remix)

    paper collage, One Sheet Wonders series

  • “Infinite Loop”Infinite Loop

    paper collage, One Sheet Wonders series

  • “Capsule (2016)”Capsule (2016)

    assemblage with found object and noise, 25x33 inches

  • “The First Five Years (2016)”The First Five Years (2016)

    mixed media on canvas, 48x48+ inches

  • “Teach A Man To Fish (2016)”Teach A Man To Fish (2016)

    mixed media on canvas, 48x48 inches

  • “Locals (2016)”Locals (2016)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on canvas, 48x48 inches

  • “Minotaur (2016)”Minotaur (2016)

    acrylic, newspaper, transfers and fire on canvas, 36x36 inches

  • “Hyphenated (2016)”Hyphenated (2016)

    acrylic and transfers on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “Cronus (2016)”Cronus (2016)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “It Gets Easier (2016)”It Gets Easier (2016)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “Regalia (2018)”Regalia (2018)

    acrylic and collage on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “The Four Seasons (2017)”The Four Seasons (2017)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on canvas, 48x48 inches

  • “Tossed As It Is Untroubled (2017)”Tossed As It Is Untroubled (2017)

    mixed media on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “Classified (2017)”Classified (2017)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on canvas, 48x36 inches

  • “High Steaks (2016)”High Steaks (2016)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on canvas, 48x36 inches

  • “Nutcracker (2017)”Nutcracker (2017)

    acrylic and collage on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “The Moon And Mars (2017)”The Moon And Mars (2017)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “The Birdwatcher (2015/2017)”The Birdwatcher (2015/2017)

    acrylic and transfers on canvas, 36x48 inches

  • “Heroine (2018)”Heroine (2018)

    acrylic, epoxy paint, collage and objects on canvas, 60x72 inches

  • “Talisman, Tally Me Banana (2017)”Talisman, Tally Me Banana (2017)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “Conch (2018)”Conch (2018)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “Walk Of The Cock (2018)”Walk Of The Cock (2018)

    acrylic collage on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “Hall Pass (2018)”Hall Pass (2018)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on canvas, 72x60 inches

  • “Sympathy For The Devil (2018)”Sympathy For The Devil (2018)

    mixed media on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “In Memory Of The Night (2017)”In Memory Of The Night (2017)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on wood, 24x24 inches

  • “Orbit (2018)”Orbit (2018)

    acrylic and collage on canvas, 72x48 inches

  • “Aging Man With Guitar (2018)”Aging Man With Guitar (2018)

    acrylic collage and rope on canvas, 36x48 inches

  • “"Lateral" (2016)”

    oil, stain, collage, pencil, transfers and fire on canvas, 36x48 inches

  • “In The Black (2015)”In The Black (2015)

    acrylic, collage and transfers on canvas, 32x42 inches

Jim Ford

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Milwaukee, WI US

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artist bio

Hi, I’m Jim. I'm a painter, collage artist and designer based in Milwaukee. I work in contemporary abstraction, making mixed media "collage paintings" with subtle notes of humor, history, culture and spirituality. I'm also known for my paper collage work, a signature style of composition influenced by years of experience drawing letterforms.

I studied Graphic Design at Columbia College Chicago, graduating in 2005. Quickly afterward I pursued a career as a professional type designer, which is a story of its own... I had a stint as a poster artist during the recession, creating silkscreened editions for concerts and developing a collage esthetic. These trials as an independent designer ultimately lead me to fine art. At the same time, I joined the Monotype Studio in 2013, where I’d contribute some of my most distinct original typefaces to their catalog.

I’ve been living and working in Milwaukee since 2016. I recently left Monotype to pursue my growing art practice. Jim Ford Studios is officially open for business as of 2019. And here we are!

artist statement

Art is a vehicle that affords us adventure and wonder. Each piece is an opportunity to express a concept in a new way as we learn and evolve. In my work, I strive to master the art of storytelling in my own visual language.

My art is largely collage-based, though I have a background in drawing and design. Juxtaposing passages of paint, collage and assemblage, I tend to blur the lines between mediums so that all the elements are working in unison. My work challenges the viewer to form their own personal analysis, decoding clues while exploring personal emotional and symbolic associations. Fueled by music, inside jokes and observations about modern culture, the work tends to take on a humorous attitude with quirky titles and unusual subjects.

A progression connects my pieces, which graduate from one “kernel” to another, working to create a rhythm, momentum and – ultimately, a distinct abstract language. My work is, at times, a rebellion or reaction to our time and place; and other times embracing the human experience. Each piece is vastly different from the last, and while I employ a number of styles and techniques – my work is perhaps best defined by its compositional style and quality of energy.

I’m interested in evolving my collage work into a more sculptural form and experimenting with installation. Currently, I am cataloging my archive of work to create books highlighting my diverse oeuvre and the thoughts behind it. Building upon the larger themes that define my work, I am always seeking new and different ways to remix materials in order to propel my creative vision.

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