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One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer.

Born in Toronto, Dec 30, 1942,  he 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.

His work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the McMichael Gallery.
He is represented in public and private collections throughout Canada, and internationally.

He has held solo exhibitions in France, Germany, Japan, the UK, India, and Bangladesh.

He worked at Expo 67 in Montreal supervising the installation of 60 contemporary sculptures from around the world.

He taught printmaking at the University of Calgary in 1969-70.

He spearheaded Toronto’s Queen Street West revival in the 1970s and 80s by restoring 20 old buildings into facilities for arts usage.

He is 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 holds honorary doctorates from Brock University, OCAD University, and the University of Toronto .

He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.

His images of the queen, moose, and maple leaf flag are icons of Canadian contemporary art.

McClelland & Stewart publications include an illustrated book on his life and work,  CHARLES PACHTER by Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov.

His murals of Hockey Knights in Canada can be seen in Toronto’s College Subway Station.

Mr. Pachter lives and works in downtown Toronto in an award-winning studio designed by Canadian architect Stephen Teeple.

His work is on permanent display in his adjoining Moose Factory Gallery.

His works are also displayed in MOFO –Moose Factory of Orillia- his second home and studio formerly a car repair garage he renovated in the heart of the historic Ontario home town of Steven Leacock, Elizabeth Wyn WoodFranklin Carmichael,  and Gordon Lightfoot.

His paintings are in 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.

His solo exhibition on “The Loyalist Legacy and the Creation of Modern English Canada” was installed in the Charterhouse in London, Aug-Sept 2016 and a retrospective, “Quintessential Canadian”, was held at the Bangladesh National Museum in Dhaka, Feb 2018.

Pachter’s steel and granite moose sculptures have been installed across Canada.

His best selling 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.

Leonard Wise’s biography  “CHARLES PACHTER: Canada’s Artist” was published by Dundurn Press in 2017

CROWN ROYAL ON THE ROCKS
acrylic on canvas,  2018
60 x 72 in

ASCENSION
acrylic on canvas, 2018
quadritptych -4 canvas panels,  48×84 in, each

 

THE PAINTED FLAG .
acrylic on canvas 1998, 48×60 in

BLUE LEAF NATION
acrylic on canvas  60×72 in

NOBLESSE OBLIGE 1972

DECISIONS, DECISIONS 2015

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best fac twilight

deck         

Roof deck and Moose Sculpture overlooking Toronto skyline
from Pachter Hall & Moose Factory

       

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PACHTER HALL & MOOSE FACTORY Galleries, Toronto

BEFORE & AFTER at MOFO, Moose Factory of Orillia.
Abandoned yard of adjoining property transformed
to courtyard and gardens

      

First studio in downtown Orillia at 54 Western Ave
purchased and renovated 2013-2016

ug8       corridor

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MOFO  with new residential addition and gardens, total lot size 17000 sq ft

Aug 5 2018, SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE!

                   

    

Contemporary home built in downtown Orillia on the street where Group of Seven painter Franklin Carmichael grew up. Huge roof deck looks out over city.

BEFORE

AFTER

 

RETROSPECTIVE, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka Feb 2018

New biography by Leonard Wise, Dundurn Press 2017

 

Some iconic PACHTER Images:

RITE DE PASSAGE 1972

CANADIAN TIRE ,  2011

DECISIONS DECISIONS  2012

THE PAINTED FLAG 1981

STREETCAR HEADDRESS 1972

RED BARN GREEN FIELD 2014

BRINK 2011

PORTRAIT OF JOZEF STRAUS 2017

MOOSE ON PARADE  Pachter Canada 150 frieze at the Royal Ontario Museum,
Toronto

  

  

Survey Exhibition at Art Gallery of Windsor May-June 2017

  

Retrospective Exhibition at Peel Art Museum & Archives, April 1 – June 11, 2017

        

Retrospective Exhibition at Art Gallery of Peterborough, July 1 – Sept 24,  2017

PAST SHOWS & EVENTS 1



PAST SHOWS & EVENTS 2

ORO BARNS Rideau Hall

ORO BARNS SEEN FROM MY WINDOW
acrylic on canvas, 2010
in the Governor General’s residence, Rideau Hall, Ottawa

Grand Chamber

Pachter Solo Exhibition at THE CHARTERHOUSE, LONDON Aug-Sept 2016

Margaret Atwood and Charles as Cannon Dolls in the National Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, Dec 2016

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Joe Laflamme & Charles Pachter, CNE 1947

Charles, age 4, with Joe Laflamme and his pet moose at the CNE, 1947

LEACOCK AT THE BAT

ARTFUL VISION: http://www.orilliapacket.com/2014/07/30/artful-vision

HRC composite & text

Could this historic, mostly unused site in Orillia -260 acres, 30 buildings, rolling meadows, 5000 feet of lakefront – be transformed into an international arts destination –
the HURONIA CULTURAL CAMPUS – an amalgam of Banff, Tanglewood, Chautauqua, and more.    www.huroniaculturalcampus.ca

Side by Side

SIDE BY SIDE  acrylic on canvas, 2001

CP & J

8 flags

EIGHT PAINTED FLAGS, 2003

Canadian Tire

CANADIAN TIRE 2012

CP & Queen E copy

When I met the Queen in London in 2015, I told her
I painted her in 1972 riding a moose, and
thanked her f
or helping me make a living all these years.
She beamed and said, “How amusing!”

Noblesse Oblige 72

 Noblesse Oblige 1972

DECISIONS DECISIONS

DECISIONS DECISIONS 2014

Mischievous Launch of my Art Book, Oct 1992 :

Monarchs of the North

MONARCHS OF THE NORTH, acrylic on canvas 2014

2 paintings for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017

LEAF RADIANT

LEAF RADIANT

LEAF 150 acrylic on canvas

ONE FIVE OH

SHORT BIO: One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer.

Born in Toronto in 1942, he 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.

His work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the McMichael Gallery. He is represented in public and private collections throughout Canada, and internationally. He has held solo exhibitions in France, Germany, Japan, the UK, and India.

He worked at Expo 67 in Montreal supervising the installation of 60 contemporary sculptures from around the world. He taught printmaking at the University of Calgary in 1969-70. He spearheaded Toronto’s Queen Street West revival in the 1970s and 80s by restoring 20 old buildings into facilities for arts usage.

He is 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 holds honorary doctorates from Brock University, OCAD University, and the University of Toronto. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.

His images of the queen, moose, and maple leaf flag are icons of Canadian contemporary art. McClelland & Stewart has published an illustrated book on his life and work (1992), and Cormorant Books has published The Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie, his celebrated collaboration with poet Margaret Atwood (2014).

A new biography by Leonard Wise, CHARLES PACHTER: CANADA’S ARTIST  was published by Dundurn Press in 2017

His murals of HOCKEY KNIGHTS IN CANADA , Les Rois de l’Arène  can be seen in Toronto’s College Subway Station.

Hockey Murals 1985

Mr. Pachter lives and works in downtown Toronto in an award-winning studio designed by Canadian architect Stephen Teeple. His work is on permanent display in his adjoining Moose Factory Gallery. From 2004-2014 he spent summers painting in The ICE HOUSE, a waterfront studio converted from a 1920s ice storage depot on Lake Simcoe.

His works are also displayed in MOFO – Moose Factory of Orillia- a former car repair garage he renovated in the heart of the historic Ontario home town of sculptor Elizabeth Wyn Wood, painter Franklin Carmichael, folk singer & song writer Gordon Lightfoot,  summer home of celebrated pianist Glenn Gould, and author and humorist Stephen Leacock. 

His paintings are in 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’s steel and granite moose sculptures have been installed across Canada.

His best selling children’s books, M is for Moose, and Canada Counts, are published by Cormorant Books, Toronto.

Twitter: CharlesPachter1

TVO INTERVIEW 1996

http://74.113.2.211/video/archive/dialogue/charles-pachter

RECENT PACHTER EXHIBITIONS:

1812: The Art of War, Fort York
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/22/na0423-alco-pachter/

LEST WE FORGET,
http://www.lgontario.ca/en/visit/pages/tour-the-lieutenant-governors-Suite.aspx

Elmwood Spa, Toronto May 2009 

Virtual Tour of Pachter Hall & Moose Factory

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HOW IT ALL STARTED: Charles with Joe La Flamme and his pet moose
at the Canadian National Exhibition, Aug 1947.
Four-year-old Charles played a lost boy in this short film by the
NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

JOHNNY AT THE FAIR

CHARLIE AT THE FAIR,
a sequel, was made by Your Life Productions
56 years later in 2003

Joe Laflamme & Charles Pachter, CNE 1947

Charles pets a moose at the CNE in 1947

CP Anne 3

Prints Charles presents Princess Anne with his print of her riding a moose.

Princess Anne & moose copy

And here’s her lovely thank-you letter:

Letter from Princess Anne

Regarding the Flag Ont Sci Centre Apr 85 copy

With John Matheson & George F.G. Stanley who chose the design for our Maple Leaf flag in 1965.
This photo was taken in April 1985 at the opening of my show REGARDING THE FLAG at the Ontario Science Centre,
marking the 20th anniversary of the flag’s creation.
This year, 2015, marks the flag’s 50th anniversary. Here is my commemorative painting:

CP-new-flag-studio-22-Gr-Feb-10-2014

New-Flag-Feb-10-2014

CP & poppy

New painting of a Remembrance Day poppy,
for my show commemorating 100th anniversary of WW One,
opened June 2014 in the Lieutenant-Governor’s suite at Queen’s Park,
runs through June 2015. Open to the public:
http://www.lgontario.ca/en/pages/default.aspx

CP HB blanket

Hudson’s Bay blanket
based on my painting BAY WATCH

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POP GOES CANADIANA exhibition
University of Alberta galleries, Edmonton

article from The Edmonton Examiner

PachterPoster-_Nov_1

CONVOCATION group pic Nov 11

RED, PINK, BLUE, SCARLET, BLACK & GOLD
University of Toronto Convocation , Nov 2013

Charles greets Lieut-Gov Onley

Charles greets Ontario Lieutenant-Governor David Onley
at his MOFO studio in Orillia, July 2013

Charles auctions off 44 of his art works at MOFO, Moose Factory of Orillia, in July 2014
to create an Endowment Fund for OMAH, Orillia Museum of Art & History

auction crowd

CP auctioneer

Liz & CP Jul 2015

Charles welcomes Ontario Lieutenant-Governor
Liz Dowdeswell to his MOFO studio in Orillia, July 2015

1 a CP author photo HI-RES

The power and paradox of Pachter’s art is the way you sense a national character simply by standing in front of his work. In his iconoclastic visual metaphors I find myself luxuriating in their beauty and sensuality. I find new connections in their strange, jarring juxtapositions. Pachter’s creative impulse extends from finding, in the cultural heritage of his country, evidence of the fundamental stories that make us human: myths. For Pachter, life has an operatic dimension. He has devoted his considerable skills to rocking his audiences with grand gesture, profound feeling, sensual overload, and glorious, splendid expressions of being human…”

Tom Smart, Saint John Telegraph Journal

“THE ARTIST WHO CREATED CANADA’S MODERN MYTHOLOGY: Renowned for his iconic renderings of the Canadian flag, the Queen astride a moose and cultural icons from Margaret Atwood to Pierre Trudeau, painter and printmaker Charles Pachter has himself become an icon of this country’s art scene. Over his 50-year career, his boldly graphic works and uncloying patriotism have presented a cheeky yet defining vision of Canada and its culture unlike any other.”

Betty Ann Jordan

“With continuing grand gestures Pachter has staked out cultural territory of his own and celebrated it unabashedly… He is a serious minded humorist who possesses the gift to be roguish and poignant at once.”

Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov

“Pachter’s works address larger concerns that speak to a wider audience than perhaps any other artist in Canada.”

Christopher Hume, Toronto Star

“Ironical work that is both serious and self-parodying. Pachter works hard, even at the trivial. The paintings are beautiful in one way or another, like joke panels that take your breath away. These witty, occasionally dry images are more than urban jokes; they have emotional staying power. Pachter invades Pop culture with surreal wit. He sometimes paints as an insider to culture and at others like a true outcast. His work escapes a tendency towards intellectualism through the sheer power of talent and love of image.”

David MacLean, Vancouver Sun

“on se sent en présence d’un homme intelligent, cultivé et sensible qui nous fait découvrir des mondes insoupçonnés à portée de la main.

Pierre Karch, L’Express de Toronto

“Charlie’s canvases are windows into the soul of Canada”

Marc Côté, Cormorant Books

SARA ANGEL  essay on Charles’ early work

NICK DE PENCIER documentary on Charles’ polaroids and portraits

XAVIER LAMBERT article on Charles’ work in Le Métropolitain

MOOSEPLUNGE 1 - 6 ft, with base 10 ft copy

MOOSEPLUNGE, powder-coated baked enamel on aluminum

PIONEER -Susanna Moodie 1984

PIONEER ( Susanna Moodie) 1982

at the Narrows TPR copy

CHIEF YELLOWHEAD AT THE NARROWS,
acrylic on canvas 2013

MOFO opg entrance copy

Summer night at MOFO-MOOSE FACTORY OF ORILLIA
studio, archives, & gallery

DRESSED TO KILL

DRESSED TO KILL, acrylic on canvas
from the series “1812: THE ART OF WAR

Prince Philip & LG Onley & Prince Edward

Prince Phillip & Lieut-Gov David Onley view Charles’s print
of Prince Edward (father of Queen Victoria) visiting Ontario’s
first Lieut-Gov John Graves Simcoe in Niagara, 1792

PRINCE EDWARD visits SIMCOE

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SUDBURY show

Solo Exhibition at the ART GALLERY OF SUDBURY, April -June, 2013

OMAH instl 1

Solo Exhiibition, LANDMARKS
Orillia Museum of Art & History, July 20-Sept 6 2013

Vers Le Soleil 63

VERS LE SOLEIL, Champs Elysées 1963
watercolour on Arches paper

Laughing Monarchs 08 FR

LAUGHING MONARCHS 2008,
collection University of Alberta Art Gallery,Edmonton


DECISIONS DECISIONS 2012

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CP Joanne Tod Kent Monkman 2
Charles with artists Joanne Tod and Kent Monkman at the opening of his show 1812: THE ART OF WAR
Click http://on.fb.me/KDzju6 for pictures of Opening, May 23 2012

Streetcar Rainbow

STREETCAR RAINBOW

CANADIAN TIRE, acrylic on canvas, 2012

QM stamp

Suggestion for a Diamond Jubilee stamp featuring Charles’ 1972 painting of the Queen on a Moose.

A Royal Visitor admires MOOSECONSTRUE, the Monarch of the North, Charles’ corten steel sculpture on the campus of the University of Toronto.

NOBLESSE OBLIGE, Queen on Moose, acrylic on canvas, 1972


HIGHNESSES-IN-TRAINING GREET MONARCH OF THE NORTH,
inkjet and acrylic on canvas, 2011

CP flag 1 Jun 81
In the studio, May 1981

5 Flags PMO Ottawa

Five paintings from the inaugural exhibition THE PAINTED FLAG, Nov 1981,
installed in the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa


Installation of Inaugural Exhibition, THE PAINTED FLAG, 567 Queen St W, Toronto 1981

Original Exhibition poster, 1981

Acrylic on canvas panels for College subway mural
HOCKEY KNIGHTS IN CANADA, Les Rois de l’Arène, 1984

Hockey Murals 1985

MOOSEPLUNGE 2000, PAINTED FIBERGLASS,
CITY HALL PLAZA, TORONTO

SIDE BY SIDE, acrylic on canvas, 2001

BENEDICTION 2003

BENEDICTION 2003

WHOSE SARI NOW, acrylic on canvas 2005

CONCLUSION, acrylic & pastel on canvas, 2007

Balaclavaburqa ALT 2013

BALACLAVABURQA, acrylic and pencil on canvas, 2007

ARE WE AMUSED OR NOT, 2010