Juan Ford Finalist Archibald Prize 2015

July 11, 2015

A bungled clairvoyance of William Buckley or Ludwig Leichhardt’s most intense moments I can’t decide which you choose. Attempted while atop a mountain, 2015, oil on Linen, 137 x 152 cm

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 at Art Stage Singapore 2015

January 20, 2015

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.

In the Flesh | National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

November 27, 2014

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




Sir Isaac Isaacs’ Portrait Unveiled at Parliament House

October 17, 2014

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.

Portrait of Sir Isaac Isaacs, by Juan Ford

Juan Ford's portrait of Sir Isaac Isaacs, 2014 ( studio image)

Juan Ford at Town Hall Gallery

August 21, 2014

Juan Ford, Rock'n'Roll, oil on linen, 166 x 213cm, 2012 (private collection)

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.

Juan Ford talks on Italian Masterpieces 7.30 July 4 At NGV

July 4, 2014

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.

Juan Ford and Natasha Bieniek in ‘Side Project’

June 25, 2014

Michael Peck has curated a show called ‘Side Project’ to open 26 June at the Academy of Design in Port Melbourne. Featuring work by Juan Ford, Natasha Bieniek, Bindi Cole, Reko Rennie and more, the show delves into the importance of experimentation for practising artists. On display for a month, it’s a great insight into which works influenced each artists’ trajectory.

Natasha Bieniek, 5:01, oil on board, 12.5 x 17.5cm, 2011

the medium is the message

April 17, 2014

Juan Ford and Victoria Reichelt are both included in The Medium is the Message, a new exhibition at La Trobe University Museum of Art opening Wednesday 30 April. Curated by Michael Brennan, the exhibition pulls together six artists who’s work reflects on the state and relevance of contemporary painting.

The exhibition includes Juan Ford, Victoria Reichelt, Chris Bond, Eolo Paul Bottaro, Sam Leach and Amanda Marburg.

Exhibition dates: 30 April – 27 June 2014

Victoria Reichelt, Harpers Bazaar, 2011, oil on linen, 85x55cm,

Juan Ford, Form Follows Friction, 2012, oil on linen, 107x92cm


Juan Ford at McClleland Sculpture Park + Gallery

February 13, 2014

We are very proud to announce Juan Ford’s major installation Lord of the Canopy (previously exhibited at LUMA) is opening this weekend at McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery.

16 February -27 April,  Opening Sunday 16 Feb 3pm  

eucalyptus tree logs and branches, steel,
acrylic paint, wall installation: dimensions variable
Collection: Commissioned by LUMA |
La Trobe University Museum of Art, 2012   Photography: © The artist


November 21, 2013

Juan Ford and Yhonnie Scarce are both presenting major new installations as a part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s landmark exhibition Melbourne Now. This is the NGV’s largest and most ambitious exhibition with nearly 400 artists, architects, designers and creative practitioners participating.

Visit both venues to interact with Juan Ford’s installation at the NGV International, and discover Yhonnie Scarce’s dramatic new commission in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Galleries of NGV Australia.

Melbourne Now is open until 23 March 2014 and entry is free.

Juan Ford, You, Me and the Flock, 2013, wallpaper & vinyl stickers, dimensions variable