The Art of Canada Auction (Canadian Art)

May 30, 2016

LOT 152
HAROLD BARLING TOWN, R.C.A.
  • HAROLD BARLING TOWN, R.C.A.
  • HAROLD BARLING TOWN, R.C.A.

152

HAROLD BARLING TOWN, R.C.A.

GINGHAM THRUWAY

oil on canvas, unframed
signed and dated ‘68 (twice) on the reverse
52 ins x 52 ins; 132.1 cms x 132.1 cms

Estimate $8,000-$12,000

Realised: $21,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

In 1968, the year this work was painted, Town was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He had been enjoying a long streak of both critical and popular acclaim and was, at the time, one of the best-known artists in Canada. The following year, he appeared on the cover of Time magazine (Canadian edition).

He was also involved in city politics (a large Town painting hung behind Mayor Given’s desk) and opposed the construction of the Spadina Expressway favouring perhaps a Gingham Thruway, rather than a concrete one.

Literature:

Gerta Moray, Harold Town, Life & Work, Art Canada Institute, Toronto, 2014, page 12.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Chicago

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Artist Groups: Painters Eleven
Medium: Paintings
Signed