HAROLD TOWN, “EDGELAKE REFLEXION” SINGLE AUTOGRAPHIC PRINT, 1958

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

Town was introduced to printmaking through his friend and fellow artist, Oscar Cahen. After buying a lithography press and stone in 1953, the artist created unique compositions, made up of designs of both accidental and arranged shapes.

Town used everyday objects to create these designs, forming ghostly textures and patterns through many layers of over printing. This technique recalls the paper collages of early 20th century modern movements.

Town's reputation was established in 1954 this series of unique prints called "Single Autographic Prints" that included elements of collage. 

Two years later the National Gallery of Canada would successfully nominate Town to represent the nation at the Venice Biennale. 

By the end of the decade Town received international accolades for these works and had become one of the most admired artists in Canada.

An essential work for a collection of post-war Canadian abstraction.

Click here and here to see other examples of Town's cherished SAPs.

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Signed and dated ‘58’ by the artist.

Monotype

Signed, dated and titled by the artist

Inventory number 7773

Estate stamp

Canada, circa 1958

21"H 17"W (artwork)

Provenance: From the Estate of Harold Town

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