Harold Town (1924-1990) remains one of the most fascinating characters from the Canadian "Painters Eleven" group. 

While Town coined the group's name (based on the number of artists who simply attended their first meeting) his output was diverse and ever changing. 

By the time the group disbanded in late 1960, Town had established that of all his colleagues he was the most experimental - regularly trying new media and modes.

While Town is a major character in 20th century Canadian abstraction, he also completed a significant amount of figurative works beginning in the late 1960's. 

His "Toy Horse" series is his most successful and iconic body of figurative work. Town was inspired by a Christmas gift from Canadian scholar Iris Nowell. Within a short period of time Town completed a large number of variations on the subject of a toy horse - both stylized and intricately mechanical appearing.

In “Toy Horse #179,” Town forms his subject by creating shapes out of parallel lines. The result is reminiscent of Sol LeWitt and geometric 1960s Op art.

Click here to see another example of Town’s toy horses.

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Technical pen and ink on paper.

Signed and dated "18.19 Sept 1982" by the Artist.

Estate numbers and labels verso

Canada, 1982

33"W 26.5"H (framed)

Very good condition.

Provenance: from the estate of Harold Town 



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