Hugh Ford


Illustration, Painting

Hugh Ford
Hugh Ford
January 19, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Hugh Ford is an Australian artist and illustrator known for his comic-esque paintings depicting faceless subjects best described as innocent and brisk. Ford paints self-contained, self-assured and surreal subjects ranging from carnival characters and magicians to arcade machines and team mascots, using acrylic paint on canvas.

Paintings by Hugh Ford

Hugh Ford - Reluctantly Towed, 2012 (Left) / A Real Man's Shave, 2012 (Right)
Hugh Ford – Reluctantly Towed, 2012 (Left) / A Real Man’s Shave, 2012 (Right)

The artist was raised in Ballarat, the state of Victoria, Australia. He moved to the city of Melbourne twenty years ago to complete a Bachelor of Graphic Deisgn at RMIT University. He spent the several years in Victoria’s coastal capital designing, drawing, painting and stenciling, as well as creating his own tee-shirt label. In 2004 Ford moved to Sydney where he began creating art on canvas to cover the bare walls of his new apartment. Additionally he rented a gallery in Sydney for two weeks where he curated a show himself to display his work.

Paintings by Hugh Ford

Hugh Ford works
Hugh Ford – Don’t Mention the Ladder Incident, 2011 / Sax and Violins, 2013

Ford’s colourful faceless people have attracted international praise having been featured in various publications, ranging from books, to business and music magazines to interior design annuals and Lonely Planet phrase books.

His first solo show was Magic Cowboy, at blank space gallery in Surry Hills, Sydney in 2003. Hugh also had a successful solo shows at Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne in 2007, Iain Dawson Gallery, Sydney, NSW in 2009 and 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast in 2014. He has participated in collective exhibitions at Gallery Reis, Singapore; The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong; Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney; and Wallspace Gallery, Sydney, NSW, to name a few.

He is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in the Gold Coast.

Paintings by Hugh Ford

Hugh Ford - Shakedown, 2012 (Left) / Holding Up Traffic, 2013 (Right)
Hugh Ford – Shakedown, 2012 (Left) / Holding Up Traffic, 2013 (Right)

Hugh Ford lives and works in Australia.

Featured image: Hugh Ford – An Unwelcome Serenade (detail), 2014
All images courtesy © the artist and 19 Karen

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Nostalgic For Now19 Karen Contemporary ArtspaceSolo
2012Wild AustraliansGallery Reis, SingaporeGroup
2012Hugh FordIain Dawson Gallery Paddington, SydneySolo
2011AllstarzIain Dawson Gallery Paddinton, SydneyGroup
2011ArtMelbourne 11Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, MelbourneGroup
2009Hugh FordIain Dawson Gallery, Sydney, NSWSolo
2009Signal 8 Summer ShowThe Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2008The Sublime EquineRushcutters Bay Gallery, Rushcutters Bay, SydneyGroup
2008ArtMelbourne 08Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, MelbourneGroup
2007The Amazing GambiniBrunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, VICSolo
2007Sublime EquineRushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney, NSWGroup
2007Off the Wall; Art Sydney 07Moore Park, Sydney, NSWGroup
2007Across the BoardWallspace Gallery, Sydney, NSWGroup
2007Small Works ShowBrunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, VICGroup
2007Off the Wall, Art Melbourne 07Exhibition Gardens, Melbourne, VICGroup
2007Magic CowboyBlank Space Gallery, Sydney, NSW Solo