An exhibition of work by Canadian artistic polymath Charles Pachter has opened with flair at the Bangladesh National Museum in Dhaka. Organized by the Canadian Community of Arts Initiative with curator Asma Mahmood and the Canadian High Commission in Dhaka, the survey exhibition runs from February 5 to 18, 2018.
The show includes paintings camped in Pachter’s irreverent and playful brand of Canadiana. Portraits of Pierre Trudeau and John A. MacDonald, the Canadian flag on a pink ground and the ever present moose who walks a tightrope above Toronto’s CN Tower or looms at the brink of a precipice provide viewers with a window onto Canadian culture.
Pachter travelled to Dhaka to be part of the opening. In attendance were Abul Khair Litu of the Bengal Foundation, Faizul Latif Chowdhury, Director of the Bangladesh National Museum, Barry Bristman on behalf of Global Affairs Canada, CCAI director Nain Amyn and art collector Durjoy Rahman. Pachter expressed his delight over the warmth and friendliness of the people and curators who created the superb installation.
A graduate of the University of Toronto and the Sorbonne-Paris, Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian and author. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and twice a recipient of the Queen's Jubilee medal. He received honorary Doctorate degrees from the Ontario College of Art & Design University, University of Toronto and Brock University. His artwork is held in numerous private, corporate and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Beaverbrook Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Art Gallery of Windsor, and Canada House in London.
Pictured above is Pachter's Brink, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24 inches.