JAMES R. FORD
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James R Ford is a British artist whose practice is concerned with loss of innocence and
the endearment of the loser. The production and aesthetic is that of home made/made at
home, mimicking the outsider, hobbyist or everyday enthusiast. Combining his 'new
regressive' tendencies with pub quiz knowledge and chutzpah to create works ranging
from a ball of bogies in a broken eggcup, to a formula predicting Bond film plot structure,
to inventing a new home-based sport.

EDUCATION

2005 - 2006        MFA, Goldsmiths College, London
2004 - 2005        Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London
1999 - 2002        BA Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
1998 - 1999        Foundation, Winchester School of Art, Winchester


GRANTS & AWARDS

2005        AHRC Postgraduate Award
2004        Nominated for British Art Show 6
2004        Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, East Midlands x 2
2003        Winner - Net Art Category - Third Place Gallery/Playstation2 Award
2003        Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, East Midlands


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2004        Backseat Tuna Town, Taxi Gallery, Cambridge
2003        Crem Brulay: the art of House Gymnastics, Northern Lights Gallery, Bristol; Brahm Gallery, Leeds
2003        P 420 Big Screen, Café Bar, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham
2003        The 25th Element, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham
2001        Layers of Trifle, Threshold Space, Bonington Building, Dryden St, Nottingham


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007        Driven, Fieldgate Gallery, Whitechapel, London
2007        Feel Good Feel Bad Boys and Girls, Lange Gasse 28, Ausberg, Germany
2006        Your Gallery@The Guardian, The Guardian Newsroom Gallery, Farringdon Road, London
2006        Objects in Waiting, End Gallery, Psalter lane, Sheffield
2006        Knock Down Ginger, MyHouse Gallery, Sneinton, Nottingham
2006        Kitson Kaleidoscope, Kitson Road, Camberwell, London
2006        Terrible Toy Fair III, CBGB Art Gallery, 313 Bowery, New York, NY, USA
2006        Another Product - Britishness, Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester
2005        Never Finished, Always Ready, 75 Brushfield Street, Shoreditch, London
2003        Re-Form, The Art Exchange Gallery, Hyson Green, Nottingham
2003        Function, Reactor, 5D Arkwright Street, Nottingham
2003        Trailing Cables, PEA Gallery, 34 Gt Sutton St + 291 Gallery, Hackney, London
2003        Disposable Generation, Bridlesmith Gate Gallery, Nottingham
2003        Made@Home, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
2001        Starbucks, Sex and Space Invaders, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

CATALOGUES AND BOOKS

2006        GROK: An Introduction to New Media Art, Interactive CD-ROM, Rhizome.org
2004        FORD, J., HARRISON, S., House Gymnastics, Random House/Ebury Press, London


SELECTED REVIEWS & ARTICLES

2006        MAYNARD, G. I stuck 4,342 toy cars on my old motor. Daily Express, 27 Nov 2006, p.23
2006        DENES, M. Curate your own exhibition. The Guardian (G2), 6 Sep 2006, p.11.
2006        WILSON, J. The art of smoking. LeftLion Magazine, Issue no.10, Spring 2006
2005        PEPPER, T. Making their own breaks. Newsweek International, 26 Sep - 03 Oct 2005, p.86-93
2005        MARCHEN, J. Hjemmefitness. Berlingske Tidende newspaper (Denmark), 9 Apr 2005, p.12-13 in pull-out
section.
2004        HUGHES, G. Bogey Ball. Bizarre Magazine, Issue no.89, August 2004, p.14.
2004        PERBOS, L., BLANCO, S., LATHERRADE, F.  Do it Yourself. Buy-Sellf, Issue no.4 (France) May 2004, p.78-
79, 119.
2004        POULSON, A. But is it art?: General Carbuncle. Dazed&Confused Magazine, March 2004.
2003        ADAMS, T. 2004 tips for a happy new you. The Observer Sunday - Review Section, 28 Dec 2003, p.3
2003        SHEILDS, A. Frothy table reading. Time Out London, 10-17 Dec 2003, p.143
2003        EYRE, H. How extreme is your house? The Independent on Sunday - Life section, 07 Dec 2003, p.3
2003        ANON. The Most Remarkable things in Culture this Month. Esquire Magazine, Dec 2003, p.30
2003        ANON. The World in Pictures. Hello! Magazine, Issue no.784, 30 September 2003, p.99
2003        MOORE, C.  The Spectator’s Notes. The Spectator, 13 Sep 2003, p.12.
2003        WOOD, L. How to muscle in at home. Metro Newspaper, 19 Aug 2003, p.15
2003        LEADBEATER, C. House of pain. FHM Magazine, Aug 2003, p.55
2003        ZWEIFEL, P. Don’t try this at home: Jackass in the Living room. 20 Minuten Newspaper, Basel, Switzerland,
07 May 2003, p.25
2003        PIOMBO, F. Gym a la Maison. Maxi, France, Issue no.886, Oct 2003, p.5
2003        JENKINS, W. Driving me up the wall. Dazed&Confused, Feb 2003, p.62


RESIDENCIES

2004        PVA LabCulture, ArtSway, New Forest, Hampshire
2002        Digital Artist in Residence, All Saints’ RC School, Mansfield, Nottingham