Harold Town

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Born in Toronto in 1924. Died in Peterborough in 1990.

Harold Town was a Canadian abstract painter who played a quintessential part in shaping the Toronto art scene of the 1950s and 1960s. A charismatic member of Painters Eleven group (Town coined the name), the artist’s distinctive painting and drawing marked a generation embracing modernist practice in the city. Trained at Central Technical School and the Ontario College of Art, Town drew inspiration from the work of Pablo Picasso and Willem de Kooning as well as Asian art at the Royal Ontario Museum. While in his 30s, he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale (1956) and São Paulo Biennial (1957).  A noted experimenter in graphic media, Town was once noted by Alfred Barr, founding director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, as one of the world’s greatest printmakers. Retrospective exhibitions of his work were held at the Windsor Art Gallery in 1975 and the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1986, and his work was purchased by the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other institutions.

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Studio 21 collector selections Winter 2021

Published Feb 17 2021 by

Every now and then we dig through our inventory and come up with some ideas to offer collectors. Here are some current selections from our inventory that we think have special potential. Please also visit our website for a range of other works from these artists and others. They are in three categories: Well established in…

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