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 from my studios in Milwaukee since 2016. I recently left my dayjob to pursue my growing art practice. Jim Ford Studios is officially open for business as of 2019. And here we are!
Available for fine art commissions. Please email me if you have questions or would like to learn more about my work. Thank you for stopping by! - JIm