SHORT BIO

 

 

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

Born in Toronto, 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 where he is a Senior Fellow at Massey College. 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,  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. From 2004-2014 in summer he painted 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 Steven Leacock, Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Franklin 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.

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.

 

CHARLES PACHTER, l’un des artistes les plus éminents du Canada, est à la fois peintre, graveur, sculpteur, dessinateur, historien et conférencier.

Né à Toronto, il est diplômé de l’Université de Toronto, de la Sorbonne, et de la Cranbrook Academy of Art aux Etats-Unis. Il a reçu des doctorats honorifiques à l’Université Brock, à l’Université Ontario College of Art & Design , et à l’Université de Toronto. Il est officier de l’Ordre du Canada, et chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France, et membre de l’Ordre de l’Ontario.

Les images de Pachter représentant la reine assise sur un orignal ou le drapeau à la feuille d’érable sont considérés comme des icônes “pop” de l’art canadien contemporain.

Ses peintures ornent les murs de la Bourse de Toronto et des Ambassades du Canada à Washington et à Londres. Son oeuvre murale des deux équipes de hockey, Les Leafs et Les Canadiens, “Les Rois de l’Arène” décore une station de métro de Toronto.

La France, l’Allemagne, le Japon, et l’Inde ont organisé des expositions itinérantes de l’oeuvre de l’artiste.

Il a travaillé à l’Expo 67 à Montréal organisant l’installation de plus de 60 sculptures contemporaines venant du monde entier. Il a enseigné la gravure à l’Université de Calgary en 1969-70. Il a inauguré la renaissance de la rue Queen Ouest à Toronto dans les années 1970-1980 par sa restauration de 20 bâtiments anciens pour l’utilisation des arts.

 

Les éditions McClelland & Stewart ont publié une biographie de Pachter ainsi que son livre d’artiste qui illumine le poème de Margaret Atwood, “The Journals of Susanna Moodie” acclamé comme une oeuvre canadienne classique.

Ses deux livres d’enfant, “M is for Moose,” et “Canada Counts” , publié par Cormorant Books, font grand succès dans les librairies canadiennes.

Ses sculptures, des silhouettes de l’orignal en acier et granite, on été installées à travers le Canada. Il y en a deux situées au campus de l’Université de Toronto. En aôut 2001, il était artiste invité au Symposium International de la peinture contemporaine à Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec.

Il a créé le tableau SIDE BY SIDE montrant deux drapeaux – canadien et américain- ensemble au même mât, évoquant les évènements du 11 septembre, 2001 à New York.

M. Pachter vit et travaille au coeur de Toronto. Sa galerie Moose Factory située dans le quartier chinois, tout près de la Art Gallery of Ontario, offre une exposition permanente de ses oeuvres. Sa nouvelle résidence tout près conçue par l’architect canadien Stephen Teeple a reçu
trois prix d’excellence.

En été M. Pachter peint dans son atelier, The Ice House, ancien dépot des pains de glace, construit en 1930, au bord du Lac Simcoe au nord de Toronto.

site web: www.cpachter.com
courriel: pachterc@gmail.c0m
adresse: 22 Grange Ave
Toronto ON Canada M5T1C7
tel: 647 239 1700

 

 

Charles & Mackenzie King co

Charles with Prime Minister Mackenzie King in
the short documentary film, Johnny at the Fair
shot at the Canadian National Exhibition, 1947

 

 

VRCI Art Club 57

Art Club, Vaughan Road Collegiate, Toronto 1957,
Miss Hudgins, who gave him D- in Art, is in the middle,
Charles far right

 

CP Paris Oct 62 copy

 

At the Sorbonne, Paris 1962-3

 

NUDE Paris Nov 62

 

Drawing done at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Montparnasse Nov ’62

 

 

CP print Atwood Cranbrook 1966

Printing a folio of Margaret Atwood’s poetry, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1965

 

 

 

CP & Calder Expo 67

With Alexander Calder , Expo 67, Montreal

 

 

CP 907 Shaw & UC

Print studios – 907 Shaw St Toronto 1968, & University of Calgary 1969

 

CP Peggy Calg Feb 70 ALT

 

With Margaret Atwood at the opening of his exhibition at the Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, Feb 1970

 

 

Happy Trails to You '69

HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU, lithograph, Calgary 1969

 

 

 

Other Shaw Festival June 73

“Monarchs of the North” First exhibition of Queen & Moose paintings
THE OTHER SHAW FESTIVAL, 1232 Shaw St, June 1973

 

 

1232 Shaw CP & Greg Curnoe Jun 73

Charles & painter Greg Curnoe, 1232 Shaw St , June 73

 

 

Rite de Passage 72

RITE DE PASSAGE, acrylic on canvas 1972

 

 

 

24 Ryerson ARTISTS ALlIANCE 1974 copy

ARTISTS ALLIANCE & ARTERY , 24 Ryerson Ave, 1974-82

 

 

CP 24R Artery & loft

ARTERY gallery & Charles’ 3000 sq ft loft, 1976

 

June Callwood M&J 24 R

 

June Callwood, Margaret Laurence & Joyce Wieland at Artists Alliance, 1976