Smaller Than Life. Oil on canvas 22" x 20", 2015

Rooted in abstraction, I want to push my work in divergent directions, to surprise myself, and keep the possibilities for my painting wide open. Working in series, I develop a stylistic 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 honourable 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) which was projected onto the facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Education
2002 BFA, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Visual Arts, Vancouver
1998-2000 Concordia University, Painting and Drawing, Montreal

Solo exhibitions
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 (+ Catalog)
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

Select Group Exhibitions

2018 Abstraction, Bluerider ART, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 Abstractions Actuelles, Galerie d'Este, Montreal PQ
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
2018 Seattle Art Fair -  Gallery Jones
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

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.
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

Publications: web / Print
2014 “Paint What you Know – An interview with Fiona Ackerman” by Alex Stursberg SAD Mag
2014 Creative Block, by Danielle Krysa, Chronicle Books, San Francisco USA
2013 It’s Nice That: Annual 2013, London UK
2012 From the Desk Of - (web interview) November 28
2012 Juxtapose Magazine - (web feature) October 25
2012 "Der magische Ort" Münstersche Zeitung - Noveber 24
2012 "Expeditionen mit dem Spiegel" Wesfälische Nachrichte, Nov 23
2011 Proxart Magazine, California
2011 "Interview: Fiona Ackerman" Block Magazine, June 17
2010 Branch Magazine, issue 3: Hunger
2010 “Artificial Kingdom” R.M.  Vaughan, Globe and Mail Toronto
2010 "Pushing the Edge, Diane Farris Gallery" Helena Wadsley, Galleries West, Winter
2009 "A Harlequin Escapade" Mike Landry, Things of Desire (web)
2009 “Art is in the right place at the Eastside Culture Crawl”  Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight
2008 Magenta Carte Blanche: Vol.2 - Painting. Introduction by Jane Urquhart
2008 “The Abstract Art of Reminiscence” Kevin Nelson, Monday Magazine
2008 “In A Garden,” Shelagh Plunkett, EnRoute Magazine
2005 “2 Facetten der Verwandtschaft,” Bernd Zachoe, Nurnberger Nachrichten
2005 “Kunst aus Kanada: Fiona Ackermans Bilder,” Jochen Schmoldt, Plarrer Magazine
2004 “Artists Get Inspired when Cultures Collide,” Elaine Cordon, Westender Magazine
2004 “21 Artist Pile-Up: Collision 2004,” Terminal City, Alan Hindle
2003 “Collision Vision Unites Artists on Wood Work,” Mary Frances Hill, Westender Magazine