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Charles Pachter - stop U

54 Western Ave, Orillia / Tel: (647) 239-1700

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GPS: N 44° 36.406 - W 79° 24.850

GPS Decimal (Google) 44.606766, -79.414170

I continue to explore symbols relating to this country in my efforts to focus on Canadian identity. This past year I have worked on several large canvases ranging in size from 5 x 6 feet, to 4 x 7 feet. I am still creating variations on the moose theme. The moose is a magnificent and ungainly creature that we know is out there but that we rarely get to see. But when we do, it’s an epiphany. As a contemporary pop artist, I like to think I have done for the moose what Andy Warhol did for Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. A recent painting that I completed in 2018 of the Queen is titled CROWN ROYAL ON THE ROCKS, wherein I depicted the young monarch emerging from the rocks in a Georgian Bay landscape. Of course I couldn’t resist the verbal pun, based on the well-known Canadian whiskey. It comes from an adolescent memory of seeing a photograph of the young queen hanging in the vice-principal’s office in high school whenever I got a detention. Other images include BLUE LEAF NATION, an imagined flag created for the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team with a hockey stick for a pole. Another large canvas, 54x72 in. is titled FLOAT, my cubist interpretation of a boat moored at the end of a dock. GREEN BARN REFLECTED is a trompe l’oeil image of a barn overlooking a lake, seen from different viewpoints inside my bedroom window. ASCENSION is a series of four canvases, each 48x84 in. depicting a moose climbing up a hill from darkness into light. BRINK 54x78 in. depicts a foreboding zen moment of a moose standing at the edge of a cliff, contemplating the consequences of jumping . In MOOSE LUNAR 54x78 in. the beast is seen from the rear, antlers raised towards the moon. And in BAY WATCH 60 x 72 in. the moose silhouette stands out on a rock overlooking a turquoise bay and a deep blue hill.

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