Lot #43

Harold Town
Toy Horse #174

black acrylic on crescent paper board
signed and dated 1982 upper left
60 x 40 ins ( 152.4 x 101.6 cms )

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Provenance:
Circle Arts International, Toronto.
The Collection of Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.
Drawing was always an important mode of expression for Town. The object of inspiration for the “Toy Horse” series was a rocking horse purchased from an antique store. In this prominent series, which Town began in 1976, he explores all possibilities of graphically portraying the toy horse. In “Toy Horse 174”, Town creatively employs bold contour drawing and thick acrylic paint to depict the galloping subject in all of its playfulness.


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Harold Barling Town
(1924 - 1990) OSA, RCA

Born in 1924, Harold Town lived most of his life in Toronto. He studied at both Central Technical School and the Ontario College of Art and, upon graduating in 1945, became an accomplished illustrator for advertising agencies and magazines such as Macleans and Mayfair.

Town was a founder and member of the Painters Eleven, a group of Toronto Abstract Expressionists which included Jack Bush, Oscar Cahen, William Ronald and Jock Macdonald.