The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will be celebrating its 5-year anniversary this season, and for its September exhibit, SBDAC is presenting a retrospective including many of the artists who have exhibited at the Davis over the years. Among the fifty artists represented in the show is Ronnie Ford.
Ford was born in Dunoon, Scotland and studied at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art, where he graduated BA (hons) in Sculpture in 1974. After a teaching career spanning almost three decades and two continents, he has for the last ten years been a full-time professional artist who launched his career with sell-out shows in Hong Kong and London. He has built a strong international presence with regular group and solo shows in Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and the USA. His work is shown widely in European, Asian and American galleries and in Art Fairs world-wide.
Ford's work has appeared on television several times and was used as a major feature of an MTV music video by Sammie Cheng (Asia's No. 1 female Canto pop star). It has been featured several times in Elle Decoration, Eve International, Boutique, The Tatler, Homes and Interiors, Scotland, and Scottish Field. His work has been reviewed in Ming Tao, South China Sunday Post, Hong Kong Standard, HK Magazine, Uptown Magazine, The Saturday Herald, Cover Magazine (Hong Kong), Bonita News-Press and Florida Weekly.
Southwest Florida art lovers will recall Ford's March solo show, TextureScapes, at HOWL Gallery/Tattoo, which was still located in the River District at the time. His boldly colored, vanishing point landscapes are very reminiscent of the Iowa farmlands painted by American Gothic artist Grant Wood. “If you like colours, the sense of depth one sees in optical art and nature, you will fall for Ronnie Ford’s work. If you don’t like any of the previous, he will change your mind," writes Rita Silva in her review for Cover Magazine. “Ford captures the spirit of the landscape marrying contrasting tones," add art critics Margaret Lam and Natalie Watchman in Living Today. "His treatment of colour is lively and exciting. Add to this a palette of textural qualities that further qualify and establish a sense of invitation. Explore these works and join the numerous collectors world- wide who have been hypnotised by the powerful landscapes of Ronnie Ford.”
Locally, Ford has partnered with David Acevedo to advance the Vibrant Arts Movement-- an international, multi-racial, interdisciplinary and ever-growing group where the arts provide a spiral of inspiration for each other, resulting in performances "with painting inspiring music inspiring dance inspiring mime inspiring improvisation inspiring art inspiring fine dining."
You can see a sample of Ford's work in the Davis Art Center retrospective, which opens Friday, September 6, in conjunction with Art Walk.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is part art gallery, part performing arts center and part art, music and theater school. During its inaugural 2009-2010 season, over 65,000 guests visited the Art Center. In addition, its outreach programs were presented to thousands of children through area schools, at-risk organizations and hospitals. Today, SBDAC regularly recruits award-winning artists who have performed worldwide at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in its ongoing mission to provide elite programming to all of Southwest Florida which includes concerts, theatrical performances, dance, independent film, art exhibits and cotillion.
For more information, please telephone 239-333-1933 or visit http://www.sbdac.com.