The Great Wave by Fiona Ackerman

Acrylic on Canvas
42 × 46 inches
106.68 × 116.84 cm
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Through integrated passages of acrylic that are brushed, sprayed and shaped with hard edges, Ackerman deconstructs the idea of a wave and shoreline. This lively and colorful composition in blue, black, red, green and white is a narrative of colour, light, line, texture and shape. The title of the work and graphic nature of the composition echoes the 1832 woodcut print The Great Wave by Hokusai. Since completing her BFA through Concordia and ECIAD, Ackerman has exhibited across Canada and in Europe (Germany & France). She was longlisted for the Sobey Prize in 2015, 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 painting in Canada (published by The Magenta Foundation, fall 2008). In 2012, Ackerman spent 6 months working from a studio in Berlin. Recent projects include a building wrap mural in Vancouver and a commissioned video projection for the Facade Festival (Burrard Arts Foundation), projected onto the facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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