Lot # 118
September 2017 - 2nd Session Online auction

Harold Barling Town
CGP CPE CSGA OC OSA P11 RCA 1924 - 1990 Canadian

Garden Shrine
oil and Lucite on board
signed and dated 1960 and on verso titled on the artist's label
65 3/4 x 47 3/4 in  167 x 121.3cm

Private Collection, Toronto

Harold Town, who was influenced by American Abstract Expressionist artists, holds an important role in the emergence of modern art in Canada. Along with the artist group Painters Eleven active from 1953 to 1960 and including artists such as Jack Bush - Town exposed the Canadian public to modernist movements in a conservative art society. The aim of Painters Eleven was not to refute the work of traditionalists, but rather to achieve recognition for abstract artists and their art by doing so collectively, and realizing their potential strength in numbers. Town was successful both critically and financially in the 1950s and 1960s, holding exhibits across Canada and in the USA, and represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1956 and 1964. Garden Shrine, created in 1960 a booming year of creativity for Town shows his use of oil and Lucite to create many layers on the canvas, allowing viewers to see and feel his painterly actions as he works across the canvas. There is a vivid sense of abstract form, created not just by shape, but by the different brush-strokes and techniques Town used to apply the paint, from thick strokes to thin lines and scratches. Through his unique painterly technique and vivid colours, it is clear that Town was exploring all the possibilities that paint can offer in Garden Shrine.


$20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

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