ONE of Canada's leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer. He was born in Toronto and holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the Sorbonne, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He holds honorary doctorates from Brock University, the Ontario College of Art & Design, and the University of Toronto. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and a recipient of the Queen's Jubilee medal.
His paintings hang in public and private collections around the world. Those of of the queen, moose, and maple leaf flag are pop icons of Canadian art. His flag paintings hang in the Toronto Stock Exchange, in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, and in the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. His murals of Hockey Knights in Canada highlight a Toronto subway station. Retrospective Pachter exhibitions have toured France, Germany, Japan, and India.
McClelland & Stewart publications include an illustrated biography, and The Journals of Susanna Moodie, his celebrated collaboration with poet Margaret Atwood. His two children's books, M is for Moose, and Canada Counts, published by Cormorant Books, are Canadian best sellers.
His steel and granite moose silhouette sculptures have been installed across Canada. Two are on the University of Toronto campus. In August 2001, he was Artist in Residence at the International Symposium of Contemporary Painting in Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec. Pachter created the painting SIDE BY SIDE depicting a Canadian and American flag together on one pole for the Canada Loves New York rally following the events of September 11, 2001.
He lives and works beside historic Grange Park in downtown Toronto in a residence designed by award winning Canadian architect Stephen Teeple. His work is on permanent display at his adjoining Moose Factory Gallery. In summer he paints in a waterfront studio converted from a former ice storage depot on Lake Simcoe.