Harold Town



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

Town rose to fame in the late 1950's with a series of unique prints ("Single Autographic Prints") that included elements of collage. In 1956, he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale with these works. 

Over the course of the following decades, the artist continued to reinvent his aesthetic, regularly changing medium and mood. While he was a brave and uncompromising artist who forged a singular path in post-war abstraction, he never confined himself to a single style. 

In this this triptych, Town uses bold shapes and line in a monochromatic palette to explore pure abstraction. While Town changed styles easily, one of the reoccurring motifs in his work is a dynamism and intricacy. 

This triptych had a particular importance to the artist. The three works, from different years, were framed identically and hung as a group in the artist's family dining room for decades (hence the name ‚ÄúDining Room Drawings‚ÄĚ) Caviar20 acquired the set directly from the artist's estate.¬†

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Pen and ink and brush and ink on paper

Each work is signed and dated by the artist

Canada, 1964, 1963, 1961.

15.75" H 12.25"W (framed)

9.75"H 6.75"W (work)

Very good condition. 

Provenance: the Estate of Harold Town

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