Four Seasons all at Once Fiona Ackerman

Acrylic and Spray Paint
54 × 66 inches
137.2 × 167.6 cm
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Lively leaf shapes intersect with the controlled chaos of sprayed and brushed gestural lines and passages of mauve, ocean blue, black, green with licks of orange and magenta in this acrylic collage on canvas. The controlled chaos of this dynamic composition on canvas is a celebration of four seasons all at once. Born in 1978, Fiona Ackerman grew up in Montreal and spent her summers in Prince Edward County on her grandparents’ farm. She studied art at Concordia University and graduated from The Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design with a BFA in 2002. She received an honorable mention for the Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture in 2009, and was included in Carte Blanche 2: Painting, a survey and showcase of the current state of painting in Canada (published by The Magenta Foundation, fall 2008). She has spent time living and painting in Berlin, and now lives in Vancouver, BC. "While working on a painting over weeks, sometimes months, I am engaged by a paradox: free-fall invention must be met by a careful, sometimes ruthless paring of shapes, forms, patterns. It is not uncommon for an entire painting to disappear. The finished work may not resemble the original at all, yet is imbued with its history and could not have existed without it. I am sustained throughout by the surprise of seeing one element come into play as others are suppressed. The process is spontaneous. I have enjoyed a playful approach with my new paintings, where I allow my brush to explore the endless possibilities of invention." - Fiona Ackerman

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