Juan Ford is exhibiting in 21C Hyperrealism at The Daejeon Museum of Art Korea, this prestigious exhibition will also be showing works by other Australian artists such as Sam Leach and Sam Jinx. The Exhibition is current from September 4 until December 2015
The 2015 Nakanojo Biennale will take place in the Gunma Prefecture and include the work of 132 groups of artists and collaborators. Melbourne based-artist Juan Ford will join 19 artists from 6 countries in the Tomasz Wendland curated project Empty Garden as a key international program of the 2015 edition.
Ford will create an installation that will utilise tens of thousands of black bird silhouette stickers, attached to these abandoned surfaces. Ford will work with the local Nakanojo community and other participating artists to generate the installation. The resultant aesthetic determines itself in an unpredictable manner. The visual outcome is therefore unknown, but each bird may be imagined to represent a free person, and when used in great profusion they may signify population. Depending on how they are placed, they can present demographic ideas such as overpopulation, migration, emigration, static or active populations, and much more.
The Nakanojo Biennale will take place in 37 locations over 6 areas in the Gunma Prefecture in Nakanojo town. Including abandoned schools, the Nakanojo Station, onsen town of Shima Onsen and Sawatari Onsen, Kuni and Isama districts, which have been certified as the most beautiful villages in Japan. Juan Fordis a Melbourne based artist who has exhibited in Asia, Europe and the USA. Ford is presented at the Nakanojo Biennale by Asialink Arts.
Jacqui Stockdale, Juan Ford, Kevin Chin, Neil Haddon and Marcel Cousins have been named as finalists in Bendigo Art Gallerys’ Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2015. This years’ judges include Dr Vince Alessi (Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University and Jennifer Kalionis (Director of Castlemaine Art Gallery). An exhibition of all finalist works will be on show at Bendigo Art Gallery from 29 August – 1 Novemeber 2015.
Designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists and high calibre works, the inaugural Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize and exhibition was first held in 2003 at Bendigo Art Gallery.
Every two years the Gallery invites artists to submit entries for the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. The most outstanding work as judged by the selection panel is awarded an acquisitive cash prize of $50,000. The Prize was initiated by Mr Allen Guy C.B.E in honour of his late brother Arthur Guy.
Arthur Guy was born in Melbourne on 24 November 1914, the first son for Arthur and Catherine Guy. He was the only and elder sibling of Allen Rupert Guy. Arthur was educated at Camp Hill State School in Bendigo and then at Ballarat Grammar School. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in a signals unit and served in New Guinea. On 14 February 1945, aged 30, he was on a biscuit bomber mission when his plane was shot down near Lae. He is buried in the Lae War Memorial Cemetery.
The independent judges for this year’s prize were -
Dr Vincent Alessi, Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts and Design, La Trobe University
Jennifer Kalionis, Director, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum
John McDonald, Art critic, Sydney Morning Herald
Peter Guy, representative of the Guy family
Julie Millowick, Vice Chair, Bendigo Art Gallery Board
Juan Ford has been announced as a 2015 Archibald Prize finalist, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. The winner is announced on July 17th.
Juan Ford will be exhibiting his amazing work with Galerie Du Monde at Art Stage Singapore until the 25th January. If you are in Singapore I’m sure he’d love to see you.
Natasha Bieniek, Peony, 2014, oil on wood, 10 x 15 cm
In the flesh is an enthralling and immersive experience of contemporary figurative art that explores the concept of humanness. The exhibition features Jan Nelson, Natasha Bieniek, Patricia Piccinini, Juan Ford, Petrina Hicks, Ron Mueck, Yanni Floros, Sam Jinks, Michael Peck and Robin Eley.
Have a look HERE to see an amazing time lapse of the In the Flesh installation team hard at work.
Friday 7 November 2014 until Monday 9 March 2015
Juan Ford was commissioned by the Melbourne Jewish Museum to paint the portrait of the late Sir Isaac Isaacs, honouring his service as the country’s first, Australian-born Governor General. Appointed to the position in 1931, Sir Isaac Isaacs served as a politician in both state and federal government. The striking portrait was unveiled at Victorian Parliament House this week to coincide with the North Library taking his name. The portrait, on loan from the Jewish Museum, depicts Sir Isaac Isaacs in a bowler hat on the steps of Victorian parliament.
The group show, Composing Common Worlds, is on now at the Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn. Featuring Juan Ford, alongside Sam Leach, Cameron Robbins, Stanislava Pinchuk, Laura Woodward and Hanna Tai, the exhibition runs until 12 October and is curated by Kent Wilson.
Come to the NGV tonight 7:30pm, to hear Juan Ford give selected readings of 500 year old stories from Vasari’s ‘Lives of the Artists’. All part of the current winter masterpieces show.