HAROLD BARLING TOWN, R.C.A.
oil on canvas, unframed
signed and dated ‘68 (twice) on the reverse
52 ins x 52 ins; 132.1 cms x 132.1 cms
In 1968, the year this work was painted, Town was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He had been enjoying a long streak of both critical and popular acclaim and was, at the time, one of the best-known artists in Canada. The following year, he appeared on the cover of Time magazine (Canadian edition).
He was also involved in city politics (a large Town painting hung behind Mayor Given’s desk) and opposed the construction of the Spadina Expressway favouring perhaps a Gingham Thruway, rather than a concrete one.
Gerta Moray, Harold Town, Life & Work, Art Canada Institute, Toronto, 2014, page 12.
Private Collection, Chicago