Canadian artist’s solo show underway

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:43, Feb 09,2018 | Updated: 19:51, Feb 09,2018


Charles Pachter, right, with distinguised guests at the exhibition

A retrospective exhibition displaying paintings and prints by internationally renowned Canadian artist Charles Pachter, who has earned fame for satirising colonialism and depicting national symbols of Canada in his artworks is underway at Nalinikanta Bhattashali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum.

The show, which has been organised by the museum in association with Canadian Community Arts Initiative and Canadian High Commission in Dhaka, displays around 45 paintings and prints depicting British Queen Elizabeth II, the Canadian flag, moose, which is one of the national animals of Canada, and portrait paintings of famous Canadian authors and political figures.

The show titled ‘Quintessentially Canadian’ was inaugurated by art-connoisseur and Bengal Foundation chairman Abul Khair on Monday. Bangladesh National Museum director general Faizul Latif Chowdhury, curator of the exhibition Asma Mahmood, artist Kalidas Karmakar and Charles Pachter were present at the event.

‘We are very pleased to host a retrospective show of renowned Canadian artist Charles Pachter whose works have earned him international acclaim’, said Faizul Latif Chowdhury at the inauguration ceremony.

Charles Pachter, while sharing his feelings, said, ‘I am proud and happy to have come here to display my works before a new audience’.

About the show curator Asma Mahmood said, ‘Pachter has been projecting the quintessential Canada through his works. He aims to satirise Canada’s colonial hangover through his works.’

Pachter has portrayed Canadian national symbols like the moose and maple leaf in many of his displayed works, which have been done by the artist in the last five decades. At the same time, he has also depicted the colonial hangover in Canada by satirising the British queen Elizabeth II, who is also queen of Canada, in some of his works.

Pachter has satirised the relationship between Canada and the British Queen in his lithograph print titled ‘Queen on Moose’ and inkjet print titled ‘Love Pat’.

The work Queen on Moose shows Queen Elizabeth II riding a moose, one of the national animals of Canada, while the work Love Pat shows the queen showing her affection to the animal.

‘By portraying the Queen in such ways, Pachter shows both his disregard and acknowledgement of the colonial legacy in Canada’, writes curator Asma Mahmood.

A number of eye-catching acrylic portraits of famous Canadian political figures like the first Canadian prime minister John A Macdonald, current prime minister Justin Trudeau and others are also being displayed at the show.

The exhibition will remain open till January 18.

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