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PACHTER HALL & MOOSE FACTORY
22 Grange Ave, Toronto M5T1C7 

Open by appointment
647 239 1700
pachterc@gmail.com

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

Moose by Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MONARCHS OF THE NORTH, acrylic on canvas 2014 

 

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, 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, 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 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, and summer home of 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

CURRENT PACHTER EXHIBITIONS:

RETROSPECTIVE
http://oenogallery.com/exhibit/?tag=cp&ename=Charles%20Pachter

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

 

 

Virtual Tour of Pachter Hall & Moose Factory

 

 

 

MOFO entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mofo main north

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOFO – Moose Factory of Orillia

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

HCC

Could this fantastic, historic, mostly unused facility in Orillia -200 acres, 20 buildings, over 5000 feet of lakefront – be transformed into a
spectacular international  destination – the HURONIA CULTURAL CAMPUS – an amalgam of Banff,  Tanglewood, Chautauqua., and more. An idea whose time has come!

 

 

ORO BARNS Rideau Hall

2010 painting ORO BARNS SEEN FROM MY WINDOW
Governor General’s residence, Rideau Hall, Ottawa

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

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.
Next year, 2015, will mark 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 ptg Dec 2013

New painting  of a Remembrance Day poppy,
for my show commemorating 100th anniversary of WW1,
opening June 2014 in the Lieutenant-Governor’s suite at Queen’s Park

 

 

CP HB blanket

Here’s the 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 copy

 

 

 

 

 

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’s documentary on Charles’ polaroids and portraits

Xavier Lambert’s article on Charles’ work in Le Métropolitain

MOOSEPLUNGE 1 - 6 ft, with base 10 ft  copy

MOOSEPLUNGE, powder-coated baked enamel  on aluminum

 

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

CLICK ON  IMAGES TO ENLARGE

 

 

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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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

 

 

STREETCARS ON PARADE 1972

 

 

CANADIAN TIRE, acrylic on canvas, 2012

Queen of Canada

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

       ARISE poster

“ARISE” poster for WORD ON THE STREET, national book & magazine fair, 2009

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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