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Fiona Ackerman, Commotion by the Ocean

Fiona Ackerman, Commotion by the Ocean (2010), acrylic and spray-paint on canvas [Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 2-Oct 2]

Pushing the Edge

Diane Farris Gallery
Vancouver BC – Sep 2-Oct 2, 2010

Nick Lepard, What We Agree is True

Nick Lepard, What We Agree is True (2010), oil on canvas [Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 2-Oct 2]

Wil Murray, Hot Dog Day Chien Chaude Savvy To Rename Myself AA Aardvark

Wil Murray, Hot Dog Day Chien Chaude Savvy To Rename Myself AA Aardvark (2010), acrylic & photo on board [Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 2-Oct 2]

John Dann, Gloam

Wil Murray, Terror Bred His Sardonicism that Weasel Sees Him as Food (2008), acrylic and foam on board [Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 2-Oct 2]

The opening fall exhibit at Diane Farris Gallery is a brilliant showcase of extreme colour, patterns and texture as three outstanding contemporary artists exhibit their latest work. Fiona Ackerman, Nick Lepard and Wil Murray explore the outer limits of technique and form using wildly varying approaches.

Vancouver artist Fiona Ackerman has developed a unique stylistic sensibility by combining elements of fantastic landscapes with references to literature, music and art history and topping them off with narrative titles. Her paintings have a playful, whimsical appeal with a strong graphic edge. Ackerman studied painting at Dawson College and Concordia University before obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2002 from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

Nick Lepard is a 2008 Emily Carr University graduate known for mesmerizing, large-scale portraits of himself and friends. Composed of myriad fractured brush strokes, the images, described as “vigorous visual sensations,” have a raw confidence and perceptual cohesion.

Montreal artist Wil Murray, currently living and working in Berlin, creates funky, psychedelic relief works jutting from their supports. Using jarring hues of exploding, dripping acrylic paint over built-up Styrofoam and chunks of cardboard, he fashions inimitable pieces of art. Murray studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design and in 2008 received an honourable mention in the 10th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Mia Johnson


Artist’s Talk by Fiona Ackerman Wednesday, Sep 8, 2 pm


















Fiona Ackerman, The Original Analog Sound Wave

Fiona Ackerman, The Original Analog Sound Wave (2010) acrylic on canvas [Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 2-Oct 2]

Fiona Ackerman, Mr Mariani

Fiona Ackerman, Mr Mariani (2010), acrylic on canvas [Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 2-Oct 2]


 Sun, Sep 5, 2010