Harold Town (1924-1990)
Monotype- Single Autographic Print
16" x 20" Sight
Harold Town (June 13, 1924 - December 27, 1990) was an abstract painter and one of the most widely exhibited artists in Canada. He is best known as a founding member of the Painters Eleven, having coined the term for this artistic group himself. The name refers to the eleven Abstract Expressionist artists who banded together in Toronto between 1953 and 1960: Tom Hodgson, Jack Bush, William Ronald, Alexandra Luke, Oscar Cahén, Jock MacDonald, Ray Mead, Hortense Gordon, Walter Yarwood, Kazuo Nakamura and, of course, Harold Town.
Harold Town attended the Ontario College of Art and graduated in 1945. Preceeding his career in painting, Harold Town had an established career as a commercial illustrator. He was employed by ad agencies and magazines such as Macleans, Mayfair and the Imperial Oil Review. Under the instruction and encouragement of his artistic mentors, Oscar Cahén and Albert Franck, Harold Town began to create and exhibit his artwork. He drew his inspiration from visiting cultural institutions in Toronto, such as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum.
It was ultimately Harold Town's skill as a printmaker that garnered him the recognition he deserved. He developed a form of monotype in 1953, which he called "single autographic prints" (or SAPs). Each SAP was an original and unique work of art that revealed his true skill in printmaking. Harold Town would create vivid colours and shapes through overlaying inks, sometimes using art materials to add dimension and texture to his pieces. His SAPs were discovered by the National Gallery of Canada, who requested to have Harold Town represent Canada in the 28th Venice Biennale in 1956.