Craig Ford studied art at Young Harris College before transferring to the University of Georgia in Athens, where he majored in graphic design and illustration. He later worked as a designer/illustrator and art director for several agencies before starting his own graphic design business, “Design by Ford,” in 1999. It wasn’t until 2005 that Ford returned to painting. Additionally, he teaches drawing and painting classes at the Roswell Visual Arts Center.
Ford’s work has been regularly exhibited at the Atlanta Artist Center, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art and was selected as one of Atlanta’s emerging artists by Anne Irwin Fine Art.
He has been a member of the Atlanta Artists Center, Roswell Fine Art Alliance and the Alpha Arts Guild.
“I see myself as a visual storyteller, taking ordinary objects and putting them into different contexts and discovering completely different meanings and ideas in their combinations. Nostalgic icons or everyday items find a place in my compositions; big vividly colored pieces.
I paint in a realistic, representational style. My artistic influences range from David Hockney, Wayne Thiebaud, Fairfield Porter, Richard Diebenkorn, and Jennifer Bartlett to David Lynch and Bridget Riley to name a few. My work usually contains a concept of some sort but is open to the viewer’s interpretation.
In my art, I take ordinary objects and enhance their visual meaning.”