Jim Ford

Hall Pass
60″x72″; acrylic, collage and transfers on canvas; 2018

Jim Ford
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA


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.


Jim Ford (b. 1981) is an accomplished type designer and visual artist living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied art and design, graduating in 2005 with a BFA in Graphic Design from Columbia College Chicago. While honing his craft as a type designer, Jim also forayed into poster art, creating silkscreened editions for shows and events. Around this time, Jim developed his collage techniques further and began moving toward abstraction. Striking a harmonious balance be-tween art and type, Jim continues to evolve as a dynamic creative person.


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In Memory of the Night
24″x24″; acrylic, collage and transfers on canvas; 2017

Infinite Loop from the “One Sheet Wonders” series
8″x10″; collage on paper; 2017

24″x24″; acrylic and collage on wood; 2018

48″x72″; acrylic, collage and objects on canvas; 2018