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Quest Art Upper Gallery presents

Charles Pachter: Portrait of a Nation curated by Jill Price
Sponsored by TD Wealth: Thor Wealth Management

Exhibition Reception: Friday, June 22, 2018, 7 - 9 pm
Opening Remarks: 7:30 pm
Midland Honda After Party with Charles Pachter & Jill Price: Friday, June 22, 9 – 11 pm

Quest Art is pleased to present Portrait of a Nation, an exhibition that celebrates the art practice of internationally acclaimed Charles Pachter. Exhibiting a selection of original paintings, artist books and limited edition prints, curator Jill Price brings together a collection of works that offer insight into Pachter’s experiences and impressions of what it means to live, work and play in the Canadian Landscape. Known for his ongoing exploration of iconography including the Canadian flag, the moose and the Queen, the show also contains imagery less iconic or emblematic, which speak more directly to Pachter’s experiences of growing up in Toronto, the circles in which he kept as well as the colonial histories embedded within many of the symbols that surround us.

Price shares, “At first glance, Pachter’s use of bold colours and stylized forms read as playful and celebratory. Enjoyable for their recognisability as well as their simplified and graphic design aesthetic, one is nearly coerced into believing that these images are being idealized or imbued with heroic status. However, with careful consideration Pachter’s choice and arrangement of each work also has the ability to generate critical discussion. From Toronto Street Cars to Mounted Police on horses, we get a glimpse into the institutions and infrastructures that control and inform our movement.

Coming off of Canada’s controversial cinquecentennial, this exhibit draws attention to how colonial, corporate and indigenous histories have informed local and global perceptions of Canadiana as well as shares personal narratives about Pachter’s identity within the Canadian landscape. With our demographics, values and consciousness evolving, this show is bound to facilitate discussions on the longevity, properties and impact of pop art, as well as encourage contemplation about what images might become emblematic of our nation over the next 150 years.

After the opening reception, join Charles Pachter and curator Jill Price for an intimate cocktail party and artist question and answer period at Midland’s Honda Showroom from 9 - 11 pm. Sponsored by our host, this late night soiree will offer more insight into the driving forces behind Pachter’s visual investigations of National identity. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to bid on a private afternoon for 6 people at Charles new studio complex in Orillia. Before heading over to 868 King Street, pick up Charles new biography in the art shop for signing! Book your tickets online. Cost: $35

Artist Bio:
Charles Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer who has worked as both an art consultant, developer, project manager and instructor across Canada. Born in Toronto, Pachter studied art history at the University of Toronto, French literature at the Sorbonne, and painting and graphics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. An Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters, a member of the Order of Ontario, and holding honorary doctorates from Brock University, OCAD University, and the University of Toronto, he has also been the recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. Having exhibited his work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the McMichael Gallery, Pachter is also represented in public and private collections internationally including the Portrait Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, Canada House in London, the Parliament Buildings, the Prime Minister’s residence, and the Embassy of France in Ottawa. Pachter has also had solo exhibitions mounted in France, Germany, Japan, the UK, India, and Bangladesh. Also and author, his bestselling children’s books, M is for Moose, and Canada Counts, and The Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie, his celebrated collaboration with poet Margaret Atwood, are published by Cormorant Books, Toronto. McClelland & Stewart publications include an illustrated book on his life and work, His murals of Hockey Knights in Canada can be seen in Toronto’s College Subway Station.


Other Exhibition Programming:

Atrium Gallery presents Coast to Coast June 22 – August 18, 2018
Call for Submissions: TD Wealth: Thor Wealth Management 2018 Art Prize – 1st $2000, 2nd $1000, 3rd $500 – Deadline July 23, 11:59 pm

Jill Price, MFA, OT
Curator
Quest Art School + Gallery
333 King street, Midland, Ontario, L4R 3M7
705-526-2787 (ARTS), jill@questart.ca


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