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Charles Pachter

One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter, is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer. He was born in Toronto, graduated as an Ontario Scholar from Vaughan Road Collegiate, then continued on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from the University of Toronto, the Sorbonne, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the United States. He installed sculpture for the International Exhibition at Expo 67 in Montreal, taught at the University of Calgary, and is the recipient of an honorary degree from Brock University.

Represented in major Canadian and international collections, he has shown in more than forty solo exhibitions. His portrayal of Queen Elizabeth astride a moose has become a Canadian pop art icon. His paintings of the maple leaf flag hang in the Toronto Stock Exchange and in the Canadian Embassy in Washington. His murals of Hockey Knights in Canada highlight a Toronto subway station. Retrospective Pachter exhibitions have toured France and Germany. In the 70’s and 80’s, Charles Pachter pioneered the redevelopment of Toronto’s Queen Street West, converting derelict factories and warehouses into lofts, galleries, and studios for artists.

An illustrated biography the artist and his work by Bogomola Welsh-Ovcharov was published by McClelland & Stewart in 1991. His celebrated collaboration with Margaret Atwood on the The Journals of Susanna Moodie, has received wide critical acclaim and was re-issued in a popular edition published by Macfarlane Walter & Ross in 1997. Mr. Pachter has appeared on television as a host for programs dealing with John Graves Simcoe, the Loyalists, and the founding of Ontario. Recent survey exhibitions include Charles Pachter`s Canada, at the Royal Ontario Museum, and In Pachter`s Orbit, atop the CN Tower. Mr. Pachter lives and works in a 120-year-old restored blacksmith’s shop beside Grange Park in downtown Toronto. A revolving retrospective exhibition of his work is on permanent view at his new Moose Factory Gallery in downtown Toronto.

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