One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter was born in Toronto on Dec 30, 1942. He is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer. He studied French literature at the Sorbonne in Paris, painting and graphics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, and art history at the University of Toronto.
His work has been shown at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the McMichael Gallery, among others. His work is represented in public and private collections in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Japan, and India. His work can also be seen in the College Subway Station in Toronto, where the murals of the Montréal Canadiens face the Toronto Maple Leafs across the subway tracks.
He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters, holds honorary doctorates from Brock University, the Ontario College of Art & Design, and the University of Toronto. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, and a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. His images of the queen, moose, and maple leaf flag are pop icons of Canadian contemporary art.
McClelland & Stewart publications include an illustrated book on his life and work, and The Journals of Susanna Moodie, his celebrated collaboration with poet Margaret Atwood. He has lectured extensively on the legacy of the Loyalists, John Graves Simcoe and the creation of English Canada following the American Revolution.
Mr. Pachter lives and works beside Grange Park in an award-winning residence and studio designed by architect Stephen Teeple. His work is on permanent display in his adjoining Moose Factory Gallery. In summer he paints in a waterfront studio converted from an ice storage depot on Lake Simcoe.
His 1980 portrait of Margaret Atwood has been purchased by the Portrait Gallery of Canada. His flag paintings hang in the Prime Minister’s residence in Ottawa, in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, in the Parliament Buildings and in the Embassy of France in Ottawa. Pachter’s steel and granite moose sculptures have been installed across Canada.
His children’s books, M IS FOR MOOSE, and CANADA COUNTS are published by Cormorant Books, Toronto.
Pachter Hall and Moose Factory
22 Grange Avenue
416 260 1600
EDUCATION AND HONOURS
University of Toronto, Honours BA, Fine Art Sorbonne, Paris, Diplômé de l’ESPPPFE Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, MFA Brock University, St. Catharines, Honorary Doctorate, 1996 Member, Order of Canada Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, France Queen’s Jubilee Medal Ontario College of Art & Design, honorary doctorate, 2009 University of Torontoi, honorary doctorate, 2010
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
THE PACHTER FACTOR, Huntsville Art Society, July 2011 CHARLES PACHTER’S CANADA (II), Royal Ontario Museum, Oct 07-Feb 08 Glimpses of India, Canadian High Commission, New Delhi, Jan 2007 “Mind’s Eye”, Canadian Embassy , Tokyo, April-June, 2001 Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1994 Centre d’Art Présence Van Gogh, St Rémy de Provence, France 1991 Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax Arts & Letters Cub, Toronto Alliance Française, Toronto Gallery Moos, Toronto Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Ontario House, London, U.K. Art Gallery of Ontario , Toronto University of Ottawa McGill University, Montreal CN Tower, Toronto
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Arena, The Art of Hockey, across Canada Books by Artists, National Library, Ottawa Canadian Prints Touring Australia Camden Centre, London, U.K. Sixth International Biennial of Satire in the Arts; Gabrovo, Bulgaria Contemporary Handmade Books, National Gallery of Morocco, Rabat “Post-Pop Realism”, The Winnipeg Perspective, Winnipeg Art Gallery Department of External Affairs, Washington International Print Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Color Prints of the Americas, New Jersey State Museum National Gallery of Canada
SELECTED PUBLIC & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Art Gallery of Ontario Canadian Embassy, Washington Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Canadian Music Centre, Toronto Centre d’Art Présence Van Gogh, St. Rémy de Provence, France City of Boston Credit Suisse Canada Imperial Life Assurance Company of Canada Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal National Library, Ottawa Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary Pforzheimer Library, New York Public Archives of Canada Stratford Shakespearean Festival Toronto Dominion Bank Toronto Transit Commission
Harcourt Brace Doubleday Gage MacMillan Maclean’s McClelland and Stewart Methuen Stratford Shakespearean Festival
SELECTED LECTURES/ADDRESSES given by Charles Pachter:
Royal Commonwealth Society Empire Club of Canada Canadian Society of Artists Granite Club United Empire Loyalists Association Stratford Festival Arts & Letters Club, Toronto TVOntario School of Architecture, University of Toronto IBM International Young Presidents Organization Winnipeg Art Gallery University of British Columbia, Vancouver Alberta College of Art, Calgary Ontario Association of Art Galleries Ontario College of Art Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
MARGARET ATWOOD/ CHARLES PACHTER Handmade Books:
The Journals of Susanna Moodie Speeches for Doctor Frankenstein Expeditions Talismans for Children Kaleidoscopes:Baroque The Circle Game OTHER Member, Order of Canada Member, Nominating Committee, Art Gallery of Ontario Founder, Artists Alliance Building Limited, Toronto Instructor, West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, Cape Dorset, N.W.T. Professor, Department of Fine Art, University of Calgary Assistant Curator, International Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Expo ’67, Montreal
The Painted Flag, Canadian Embassy, Washington The Painted Flag, Maclean’s Magazine 90th anniversary The Painted Flag , Canada 125, City&Country Home magazine “Voice of Culture”, Outdoor Mural, Acme Bar & Grill, Toronto Toronto 96 Olympics Bid Poster Inniskillin Wines Canadian National Railways Royal Ontario Museum Stratford Shakespearean Festival Hockey Murals, Toronto Transit Commission
Toronto Public Sculpture Competition National Magazine Awards Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition The Toronto Arts Awards Foundation
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND CATALOGUES
“CHARLES PACHTER” monograph, Welsh-Ovcharov, McClelland & Stewart 1992 “Charles Pachter, “La lumière ombre” St. Rémy de Provence, France , 1991 The Canadian Encyclopaedia, Hurtig, P.1488 “Contemporary Canadian Art”, Schiff/Burnett, HURTIG “Post-Pop Realism” Catalogue, Art Gallery of Winnipeg “Made in Canada/Artists in Books”, National Library “Collins, Pachter, Tinkl” Catalogue, Art Gallery of Ontario “Canadian Landscapes” Catalogue, Department of External Affairs “ESP, Esler/Pachter” National Gallery Catalogue “The Journals of Susanna Moodie” Atwood-Pachter, Houghton-Mifflin 1997
SELECTED FILM/VIDEO PACHTER PROFILES
National Treasures, June Callwood,Vision TV The Originals, CITY TV CBC Arts & Entertainment A Comme Artiste, TV Ontario National Film Board, Montreal