HAROLD TOWN "BLUE TOY HORSE" MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER, 1976
Harold Town (1924-1990) remains one of the most accomplished and fascinating characters from the "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, Town had established that he was restlessly prolific and explorative, regularly trying new media and modes. He was nicknamed the Picasso of Canada due to his constant reinvention.
While Town made a significant contribution to Canadian abstraction, he also completed figurative works throughout his career, with a renewed commitment in the late 1960s.
His "Toy Horse" series is arguably his most successful and iconic body of figurative work. Inspired by a Christmas gift, Town reimagined the subject through a significant number of variations during 1976-1983, ranging from stylized ink drawings to meticulous almost wire-like geometric designs.
This dynamic work on paper is a striking example from this series, depicting the subject with bold, exaggerated forms, and whimsical details.
Today, Town's work is represented in prestigious collections across North America including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Guggenheim (New York).
Colored chalk, pastel and graphite on blue paper
Signed and dated by the artist, top left
15.75"H 12"W (work)
21.25" 17.25"W (framed)
Very good condition.
Provenance: The Estate of Harold Town
Note: price is $5,500 CAD
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