Harold Town



Harold Town (1924-1990) is the best-known and most dynamic artist from the "Painters Eleven" group. His reputation goes beyond his association with the group as arguably one of Canada's most ambitious, versatile and inventive artists of the 20th century. 

While Town coined the Painter's Eleven name (based on the number of artists who simply attended their first meeting) his output was diverse, ever-changing and not restricted to painting nor abstraction. 

Town rose to fame in the late 1950's with a series of unique prints ("Single Autographic Prints") which led to representing Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1956.

Despite this important debut, Town is first considered as a painter. Over the course of his career, the artist continued to reinvent his aesthetic, regularly changing medium and mood. Similar to Robert Motherwell, Town was an avid and experimental printmaker. Every number of years he seemed to adopt a new printmaking technique that enabled him to articulate a new style or aesthetic. Contrast the visual and methodological differences between the Single Autographic Prints (from the late 1950's) to the graphic lithographs of Rock n' Roll stars (like John and Yoko) from the late 1960's. 

This unique monotype work is Harold Town at his best - a hypnotic and mysterious abstract surface. While Town changed styles easily, one of the reoccurring motifs in his work is a dynamism and intricacy. 

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"Day of the Dragon"

Canada, 1965

Signed, numbered and dated by the artist

Monotype / Deep etching intaglio

Unique work (edition of 1)

12.75"H 16"W (work)

24"H 25"W (framed)

Note: Original period frame. Wear is commensurate with age. 

Very good condition 

Provenance: The Estate of Harold Town

(Works has estate inventory label verso)

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