HAROLD BARLING TOWN, R.C.A.
oil on board
signed and dated ‘59
12 ins x 12 ins; 30.5 cms x 35.6 cms
At the end of the 1950s and beginning of the 1960s, Town was riding a wave of popularity. In 1958 he participated in a two man exhibition with Paul Émile Borduas in London, England which drew positive reviews. In 1961, he was featured on the cover of Maclean’s magazine. This “flood of publicity,” as David Burnett describes it, was “unprecedented for a contemporary Canadian artist and unmatched since.” Burnett further cites fifteen solo exhibitions for Town between 1959 and 1964.
David Burnett, Town, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1986, page 86.
Iris Nowell, Harold Town, Figure 1 Publishing Inc., Vancouver, 2014, page 94.
Private Collection, Ontario
Private Collection, British Columbia (by descent)