Fiona Ackerman
Canadian, b. 1978)

Originally from Montreal, Fiona Ackerman is a painter living and working in Vancouver, BC. Since completing her BFA through Concordia and ECIAD, Ackerman has exhibited across Canada and in Europe (London, Berlin, Nuremberg, Munster, Düsseldorf). She was longlisted for the Sobey Prize in 2015 and received an honourable mention for the Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture in 2009.

The series Glasslands looks at the garden as both a reflection of the natural world, and an artificial construction. According to Foucault’s concept of Heterotopia, a garden is an other place where the true wild is reflected but subversively controlled. It both imitates and contests reality by simultaneously presenting a wild environment and its opposite, an orchestrated performance of nature, a choreography of growth. The Studio Paintings series moves Ackerman’s exploration of studio spaces into other artists studios. The unfamiliar studios are reinvented on canvas, unfaithfully, used as a stage for new narratives.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Canadian Wildflowers, Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield Ont
2019 Herbaria, Gallery Jones, Vancouver BC
2018 Act Naturally, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB
2017 Grasslands II, Galerie Kremers, Berlin Germany
2016 Glasslands, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 Spiegel im Spiegel, Galerie Kremers, Berlin
2016 Chaos Theory, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB
2015 Night Driving, p|m Gallery, Toronto ON
2015 Aus der Wunderkammer des Friedrich Meckseper, White Brush Gallery, Düsseldorf Germany
2014 What has Already Been Said is Still Not Enough, Galerie Pfaff, Schwarzenbruck, Germany
2014 It’s not You, Ir’s Me, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
2014 Amplifier, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB
2013 Die Ordnung der Dinge, White Brush Gallery, Düsseldorf Germany
2012 Expeditions Through the Mirrror Galerie Claus Steinrötter, Müster Germany
2012 Heterotopia, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
2011 Celebratory Gunfire, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB
2010 Artificial Kingdom, Parts Gallery, Toronto ON
2009 A Harlequin Escapade, Diane Farris Gallery, VancouverBC
2008 Reminiscence, View Art Gallery, Victoria BC
2005 Heavy Sky Over Surabaya, Galerie Jurgen Kaspar, Nuremberg, DE

Selected Group Exhibitions and Screenings

2018 Abstractions Actuelles, Galerie d’Este, Montreal PQ
2018 Abstraction, Bluerider ART, Taipei, Taiwan
2017 Vancouver Mural Festival Exhibition, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver BC
2017 O Canada, Beers London, London UK
2017 Modus Operandi: Nate McLeod, Tia Halliday and Fiona Ackerman, Herringer Kiss Gallery, AB
2016 Mimetic Workshop: Studio Still Lifes of Fiona Ackerman and Kelly Lycan, Surrey Art Gallery, BC
2015 Concurrent 2, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
2014 Concurrent, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
2014 Abstrakt – Informel, White Brush Gallery, Düsseldorf Germany
2010 Pushing the Edge, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010 Gold., Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC
2009 Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture, Kingston, Ont., Toronto Ont., Wolfville NS, Calgary AB
2007 Halcyon Days, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007 Portrayal, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC

Art Fairs

2019 Art Toronto – Oeno Gallery
2019 Seattle Art Fair – Gallery Jones
2019 Art Budapest, Galerie Kremers
2018 Seattle Art Fair – Gallery Jones
2018 Art Taipei, Bluerider Art, Taiwan
2017 Art Budapest – Galerie Kremers
2017 Positions Berlin – Galerie Kremers
2016 Art Toronto – Solo Booth. Winsor Gallery
2016 Budapest Art Fair – Galerie Kremers
2014 Art Toronto – Heringer Kiss Gallery / p|m Gallery
2013 Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair) – Heringer Kiss Gallery
2012 Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair) – Heringer Kiss Gallery
2010 Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair) – Parts Gallery

Special Projects / Honours

2018 Interior mural at Earls Ambleside Beach restaurant, Vancouver BC
2017 Mural at 2525 Ontario, Vancouver BC. Vancouver Mural Festival/ Burrard Arts Foundation
2017 Over the Garden Wall. Video projection on Vancouver Art Gallery. Burred Arts Foundation.
2017 Mobi Bikes, Vancouver design for artist series bikes.
2015 Sobey Art Award – Longlist
2009 Honorable Mention, Kinston Prize Portrait Competition, Kingston Arts Council
2008 Selection “Carte Blanche, Vol. 2 – Painting.” The Magenta Foundation

Collections

Richard Ivey School of Business
Bankhaus Bauer HT, Stuttgart Germany
BMO – Bank of Montreal Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Polygon

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