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.
2016 — Posterama: A Journey Through Space & Type, Monotype
2015 — The Art of a Heartfelt Redesign, The Atlantic
2015 — Font Marathon, I Love Typography
2015 — Two Typefaces, Five Days, Fast Company
2014 — Pilcrows & Poker Chips: an interview with Jim Ford, Shady Characters
2014 — Quire Sans: An Interview with a Type Designer, Mohawk, Felt & Wire
2019 — “Jim Ford: Literally” (solo), Greenfield Library, Greenfield, WI. November
2019 — “High Fleaux” (solo), Gallery 2622, Wauwatosa, WI. October
2019 — “Appetizer” (solo), Cafe Lulu, Milwaukee, WI. July-October
2019 — “The Eleven” (group), Scout Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. June-July
2019 — “Breakers & Bastards” (solo), Grove Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. Jan-Feb
2018 — The Other Art Fair, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL
2018 — Art & Music show with WMSE 91.7. Milwaukee, WI
2016 — Dada Centennial Exhibition, Museum of Collage. Santa Fe, NM
2013 — Red Bull Curates, Lacuna Artist Lofts. Chicago, IL
2011 — Meshed, Black Cloud Gallery. Chicago, IL
2011 — Flatstock 30 at Pitchfork Fest. Chicago, IL
2011 — Grand Opening show, Gallery F. Chicago, IL
2010 — InkBomb, Empty Bottle. Chicago, IL (curator)
2004 — Metaphysical, The Great Frame Up. Buffalo Grove, IL
2018 — art featured in PictureFrames.com catalogs and brochures
2015 — Slanted Magazine #25. Art contribution.
2012 — The 22 Magazine: Volume 3. Feature, interview.
2011 — N-Spheres Magazine, April 2011. Cover, feature, interview.
2011 — Modern Vintage Illustration, by Martin Dawber. Poster art.
BFA Graphic Design, Columbia College Chicago. 2001-2005
Associates in Art, College of Lake County. 1999-2001