Artwork by Harold Barling Town,  Oasis

Harold Town

oil and lucite on board
signed and dated 1955 upper left; signed and dated on the reverse, partial title on a torn gallery label
23.5 x 25 ins ( 59.7 x 63.5 cms )

Auction Estimate: $20,000.00$15,000.00 - $20,000.00

Price Realized $11,500.00
Sale date: November 29th 2013

By 1955, Town had developed a strong, dramatic style and an expanding audience for it. He was both charismatic and candid, certainly a force in the groundbreaking Painters Eleven which sought to attract public interest in abstract art by exhibiting together as a group. “Oasis” displays Town's virtuosity as a painter and his affinity for bright pigments and energetic, calligraphic brushwork.

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Harold Barling Town
(1924 - 1990) Painters Eleven, 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 artists that exhibited together during the 1950s.