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Harold Town: Art Paintings
Artist Harold Town, Biography and his work  

Harold Town

Harold Town - PainterHe was born in 1924 and died in 1990, having lived most of his life in Toronto, and he liked to hang out in Bloor West Village and Swansea. He studied at the Central Technical School and the Ontario College of Art, before working as an illustrator for Maclean's and also Mayfair.

In 1953, he was a founder and member of the "Painters Eleven," a group of Toronto abstract expressionist painters which included Jack Bush, Oscar Cahen, William Ronald and Jock Macdonald. Painters Eleven took their cues from contemporary post-war American artists such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and Jackson Pollock.

Upon graduating from Ontario College of Art in 1945, Harold Town first became an accomplished illustrator for ad agencies and magazines such as Maclean's and Mayfair. In fact, his listing in the phone book at the time read: "Town, Harold, Advertising Artist."

What others said about Mr. Harold Town

William Withrow wrote: "Town's ability as a draftsman is undisputed. And his single autographic prints, produced between 1955 and 1957, were surely among the most beautiful art objects ever made by a Canadian artist."

By William Withrow: Town became a celebrated Toronto painter and writer without Greenberg's help (but, significantly, with the support of Robert Fulford, the leading Canadian art critic of the day). After the Painters Eleven broke up in 1960 he became an even bigger force on the Toronto scene. " He has been called the 'Picasso of Canada', said Withrow, "clearly something of a legend in his own time."

By Barry Lord: Town's refusal to pay Clement Greenberg's fare, like his moving into the Group of Seven's old Studio Building, and his comparisons of his colour and texture to those of Tom Thomson, are all just the saleable cultural-nationalist poses of an artist who is really a sell-out. He is today [1974] the darling of the Art Gallery of Ontario Women's Committee and all right-thinking Rosedale matrons.

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