Rooted in abstraction, I like to push my work in new directions, to surprise myself, and keep the limits of my painting wide open. Working in series, I develop a language specific to the mood or conceptual objectives I’m working on. Over the years, my work has seen many different stylistic evolutions. I see my arc of work much like that of an author. Each series is like a new book, different in tone, style and story. But they are all part of a larger archive, and each a meaningful piece of the whole.
Originally from Montreal, Fiona Ackerman is a painter living and working in Vancouver, BC. Since completing her BFA through Concordia and ECIAD, Fiona has exhibited across Canada and in Europe (London, Berlin, Nuremberg, Munster, Düsseldorf). She was longlisted for the Sobey Prize in 2015 and received an honorable mention for the Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture in 2009. Recent projects include a building wrap mural in Vancouver, and a commissioned 10 minute video projection for the Facade Festival (Burrard Arts Foundation), projected onto the facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery. She lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
Fiona Ackerman’s new series of abstract paintings freely mix washes of colour with lose botanical drawing. Titled ‘Act Naturally’, this series approaches painting as a dance; an invented nature is performed through delicate, deliberate steps.