James R Ford (Wellington, NZ, 2014)

Ford (b. 1980, UK) studied at Nottingham Trent University and then Goldsmiths College in England. He moved to New Zealand in 2009 and currently lives and works in Wellington. He has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and internationally, and in 2013 was winner of the inaugural Tui McLauchlan Emerging Artist’s Award from the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.

Solo Exhibitions

2016
At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike you in the face, KELDER, London, UK
If a Tree Falls, The Young, Wellington, NZ
The Enigma of Being, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ

2015
Jeopardy, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ

2014
Lollygag, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ

2013
Redbush and Milk, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ
Loopy, The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ
Status Quo, 120 Courtenay Place, Wellington, NZ

2012
Infinite Monkey Syndrome, Square2, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, NZ
Snake Pis, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, NZ
Tongue-Tied and Tired, {Suite} Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2011
Air of the Irrational, Christian Ferreira at the Wapping Project, London, UK
Zero Expectations, Peloton Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2009
Too Orangey For Crows, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Only Boring People Get Bored, Ferreira Projects, London, UK

2008
Duchamp Played Chess; I Made Cranes, Ferreira Projects, London, UK

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2017
Welcome to the Jungle, Whakatane Museum, Whakatane, NZ
HYFR at Zeus, Zeus Gallery, Tauranga, NZ

2016
It sounds like I missed out on a lot while standing in the middle of the cloud, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, NZ
It’s pretty open, Demo, Auckland, NZ
Curiosity Series, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ

2015
All surface one moment, all depth the next, FourFOLD, London, UK
The Emperor’s New Clothes, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ
Parkin Drawing Prize 2015, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
The Emperor’s New Clothes, .M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
Writing Art, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
Unfold, FourFOLD, London, UK, FourFOLD, London, UK
Annual Winter Group Show, .M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
Mythology of My Land, .M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
The Emperor’s New Clothes, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ
Cut + Paste: The Practice of Collage, The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, NZ

2014
Evolve, .M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
Tools of the Trade, The Wandering Room, Brisbane, Australia
Lying in Space, 30 Upstairs, Wellington, NZ
Melbourne Art Fair (PaulNache Gallery), Melbourne, Australia
Parkin Drawing Prize 2014, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
National Contemporary Art Award 2014, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ
Whakaora, Whakatane Museum, Whakatane, NZ
Nothing but precious, Elbowroom Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Tools of the Trade, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ
Odd Peer Nexus, The Young, Wellington, NZ

2013
Saloon des Ferari 2, Ferari Space, Auckland, NZ
Auckland Art Fair (PaulNache Gallery), Auckland, NZ
Recent Acquisitions: Emerging and Established Artists, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ
Studio Raids, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ
Wellington Underground Film Festival 2013, Wellington, NZ
Remake: Emerging Artists, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ

2012
Advent 2012, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ
Never Mind the Pollocks, St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Creep, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ
Proposals, Ryan Renshaw Gallery Window, Brisbane, Australia
Gordon’s Walters Prize, Snake Pit, Auckland, NZ
Too Little Too Late, Snake Pit, Auckland, NZ
At Play 2012, South Hill Park, Berkshire, UK; Ovada, Oxford, UK
Never Mind the Pollocks, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ
Welcome, Satellite Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Never Mind the Pollocks, curated by James R Ford, {Suite} Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2011
Two Sides of the Same Coin, The Russian Frost Farmers, Wellington, NZ
Emergence, Auckland Art Week, Auckland, NZ
Bold Horizon National Contemporary Art Award 2011, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ
Airline, ABC Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
Cliftons Art Prize 2011, The Majestic Centre, Wellington, NZ
Recent Acquisitions: Part II, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ

2010
Geometry Is Never Wrong, W+K, London, UK
At Play 2, South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK
Spreading Blankets on the Beach, JJ Morgan & Co, Wellington, NZ

2009
Summer Group Show, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Encounters with Scale, Portman Gallery, London, UK
Sale, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK

2008
Irregular Pulse, curated by James R Ford, Ferreira Projects, London, UK
PURE_drawing+illustration, Ferreira Projects, London, UK

2007
Designersblock @ 100% Design Tokyo, Jingu Gaien, Tokyo, Japan
Stick*Stamp*Fly, Gasworks, London, UK
4C: SightSeeing Tour, GUM Factory, Saatchi & Saatchi, London, UK
Driven, Fieldgate Gallery, London, UK
Extreme Crafts, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Feel Good Feel Bad Boys and Girls, Lange Gasse 28, Ausberg, Germany

Curatorial Projects

2015
The Emperor’s New Clothes, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ; .M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia; Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ

2014
Odd Peer Nexus, The Young, Wellington, NZ

2012
Never Mind the Pollocks, {Suite} Gallery, Wellington, NZ; PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne, NZ; St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2008
Irregular Pulse, Ferreira Projects, London, UK

Prizes and Awards

2015
Finalist, The Wallace Art Awards 2015, NZ
Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize 2015, NZ

2014
Finalist, The Wallace Art Awards 2014, NZ
Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award 2014, NZ
Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize 2014, NZ

2013
Winner, Tui McLauchlan Emerging Artist’s Award, NZ

2011
Finalist, Bold Horizon National Contemporary Art Award, NZ
Finalist, Cliftons Art Prize, NZ

2003
Winner, Net Art Category, Third Place Gallery/Sony Playstation2 Award