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 in 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 contemporary sculpture 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, 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, and The Journals of Susanna Moodie, his celebrated collaboration with poet Margaret Atwood. 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 residence and studio designed by Canadian 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 a 1920s ice storage depot on Lake Simcoe. He has re-purposed a former car repair depot centre in downtown Orillia into a gallery and event called MOFO, Moose Factory of Orillia.
His paintings are in the Portrait Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, in Canada House in London, the Parliament Buildings, the Prime Minister’s residence, and in the Embassy of France in Ottawa. Pachter’s steel and granite moose sculptures have been installed across Canada, including two on the UofT campus, in the courtyard of Graduate House and on the mound at the southwest corner of Harbord and St George. His best selling children’s books, M is for Moose, and Canada Counts, are published by Cormorant Books, Toronto.
Fourteen paintings from his series 1812: The Art of War will hang permanently in the new Visitors Centre at Toronto’s Fort York, opening September, 2014
A 70 foot mural comprised of digitized steel fins, based one one of his illustrations for Margaret Atwood’s epic poem The Journals of Suasanna Moodie is now installed at the new branch of the Toronto Public Library at Bathurst & Front streets.
LEST WE FORGET, his series of 16 paintings commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War is on display in the Lieutenant Governor’s suite at Queen’s Park through August 2015.