Ford takes us on his personal journey through the progression of his work into abstraction and the formative influence of his connection with Spain.
“For most of my life have felt an inner need and drive to sketch and paint although the last 35 years has given rise to a more serious approach to this inner need and has brought with it the most progressive and significant developments in my work. My passions are essentially twofold: life drawing and the human form and non-representational art, sometimes referred to abstraction.
An almost lifelong exposure to the country of Spain through my marriage to my dear wife Maria Teresa and later through my work in promoting tourism to the Iberian Peninsula, brought me into contact with Spanish art in all its tendencies, but in particular for me, the wonderful creative body of abstraction of the 1950s and 60s. This encounter provided me with a sound appreciation of abstraction and non-representational as art forms that has given me a grounding and left an indelible mark on me and my work.The work presented in this showing is the result of these formative influences in my artistic career.”
Opening night 6-8pm April 11 with refreshments and guest speaker, Dr. Frank Heckes, with a talk on abstraction.