Harold Town
RCA, OSA, CGP, CPE, CSGA, OC, OSA (1924-1990)
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Born in Toronto, Ontario, Town studied at the Western Technical School, Toronto; and with John Alfsen, George Pepper, and Fred Haines at the Ontario College of art, Toronto (1943-1945). Working is a variety of mediums and techniques, including oil , lucite, ink, watercolour, gouache, colour chalk pastel, pencil, lithographs, monoprints, silkscreen, etching and collage, his subjects range from representational portraits, still life, nudes, and interiors, to Abstract Expressionism such as his Snap series (1972-1978). He wrote extensively on art, designed theatre costumes and stage sets, and illustrated books such as Silent Stars, Sound Stars, Film Stars (1971). One of his murals is in the Toronto International Airport (1963). He worked as a commercial artist until 1957 when he turned to art full-time. He was an influential member of Painters Eleven, received Canada Council awards in 1958-1960, received a Guggenheim award in 1960, and received an honorary doctorate from York University Toronto in 1966. He died in Peterborough, Ontario. He exhibited with the Venice Biennale in 1956 and 1964, Sao Paulo Biennal in 1957 and 1961, held solo exhibitions at the NMAG in 1960, MMFA in 1961, WAG in 1967, RMG in 1973 and AGO in 1986, and exhibited with the RCA in 1950-1970, and the MMFA in 1960-1968. His work is in the collections of the AEAC, AGGV, AGH, AGO, BAGF,CCAB, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Art Institute, EAG, Guggenheim Museum in New York City, LAG, MAC, MAG, MM, MMFA, MOMA, NAC, NGC, NMAG, RMG, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the TGL, VAG, and WAG.