LOT 042

Harold Barling Town
1924 - 1990

oil on board
signed and dated 4/56
16 1/2 x 13 in 41.9 x 33 cm

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

Sold for: $11,700

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Alex Fraser Galleries, Vancouver
Private Collection, Vancouver

The year 1956 was a productive one for Harold Town, both on the international stage and at home in Toronto. He was chosen to represent Canada with his prints at the prestigious Venice Biennale alongside Jack Shadbolt and Louis Archambault. On the home front, it was a busy year collectively for Painters Eleven, as they held nine meetings. Individually, Town was spreading his wings as an artistic tour-de-force, as he was simultaneously working in various mediums including painting, printmaking and sculpting. His abstract works from the important Painters Eleven time period are arguably the most significant of his artistic oeuvre. This small but powerful work from this period features many layers of alternating colours – tones of green, yellow, red and grey cover the surface. His passionate, vigorous brush-strokes vary in size yet, despite the action of the painting, there is still a strong sense of composition through the application of the black and dark green paint near the perimeter. Town attacked each artistic endeavour with unsurpassed vigour, and this work reflects the energy of his most productive period.

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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