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Harold Town was born in Toronto in 1924 and died in 1990. He studied at the Toronto Western Technical School and at the Ontario College of Art. His memberships included the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the Ontario Society of Artists, the Canadian Group of Painters, and the Art Directors’ Club of Toronto. He was also a member of Painters Eleven. Since 1956, the artist’s work has been exhibited in the leading galleries and museums of Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico, South America and Europe.

Town was a painter, printmaker and draughtsman. The mural displayed combines the numerous styles associated with these techniques, in oil and Lucite 44 on linen canvas. As Town explained, “My first concern was to break the horizontal line of the wall into compartments so that the mural could be seen through the doors from the cafeteria in autonomous sections.

Untitled, 1968 - Harold Town

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Untitled, 1968
Harold Town, O.S.A., R.C.A. (1924-1990)
oil and acrylic lacquer on canvas
Government of Ontario Art Collection, 619760

“The main thrust of the work is towards a sense of doors or windows into another space…There is also a certain concern for texture and hand character within the formal grids…because I am sick of impersonal work.”

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