Harold Town, ‘Before Harvest’, ca. 1956, Caviar20

Harold Town (1924-1990) remains one of the most noted and fascinating characters from the "Painters Eleven" group.

While Town coined the group's name (based on the number of artists who simply attended their first meeting) his output was diverse ever-changing.

Somewhat ironically, Town's first significant body of work, which established his reputation, was a group of monoprints - which he called "Single Autographic Prints"

Town was introduced to lithography by fellow Painters Eleven member Oscar Cahen.

The "Single Autographic Prints" were first exhibited in 1954. Two years later the National Gallery of Canada would successfully nominate Town to represent the nation at the Venice Biennale.

By the end of the decade Town received international accolades for these works and had become one of the most admired artists in Canada.

This example of a "Single Autographic Print" is an exceptional example of the work that established Harold Town.

An essential work for a collection of post-war Canadian abstraction.

Signature: Titled by the artist. Estate stamp.

About Harold Town