The purple square represents the relative size of the portrait to a 2 metre x 2 metre maximum size allowed.
Home: Mont-Royal, Quebec
Title: Portrait of My Son
Media: oil, gel, inkjet, canvas on birch wood panel
Dimensions: 152 x 122 cm
I begin each piece with things that are real or tangible: items found in my studio,
including, among other things, notebooks, magazines, and books. Some of these elements are painted in oil and pigment on birch-wood panels, while others are photo impressions adhered to the surface. I draw on my imagination, adding lushly painted people and objects. This merging of real and imagined, which I see as belonging together, creates a third world, yet another reality. In “Portrait of My Son,” I painted him sitting in a grand chair surrounded by different items and patterns, symbolizing a mother’s incredible love and admiration for her son.
Passionate about art and portraiture, Hoda Ackad began studying life drawing and attending ateliers very young.
She graduated with a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia (2001), where she flourished, and her style became more expressive. Her Behind the Scenes Portraits series, among others, was recognized for its technical merit and artistic scope. Hoda continues to experiment with a variety of materials and subjects. The scale of her work grew, and her vision continued to expand, coming full circle, resulting in her present Magical Reality series, a project in which she brings together themes of past art movements to address contemporary realities.