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 and is known as 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.

While Town regularly changed the medium, mood and subject matter, one constant throughout his career was his passion for drawing and creating intimate works on paper. This mixed-media work is Harold Town at his best - layered, rich colors creating hypnotic inimitable abstract surface. It has an important synergy with his abstract paintings of the same era which juxtaposed a central form with an elaborate background that alternates between structure and spontaneity. 

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Untitled (aka "Orange Zone") 

Canada, 1961

Signed and dated by the artist, upper right corner

Brush and ink, pen, gouache and watercolor

8.75"H 5.75"W (work)

16"H 12"W (framed)

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

Very good condition 

Provenance: The Estate of Harold Town

(Work has estate inventory label verso)

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