Harold Town
First Infernal Submarine 3

single autographic print
signed and dated 1956 in the lower margin
19.75 x 16 ins ( 50.2 x 40.6 cms )

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Provenance:
Jerrold Morris International Gallery Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Harold Town called his lithographic monoprints “Single Autographic Prints” (SAPs). Unlike many series of prints, these are each unique works of art and not part of a numbered edition. They are original and rich in beautiful colours. When the works were entered into competitive international exhibitions in countries around the globe they consistently won major prizes.

This 1956 work, with the whimsical title “First Infernal Submarine 3”, has a richly coloured blue form in the middle, which indeed brings to mind an undersea vessel. It is floating in the middle of a pale blue aqueous background. Any relationship to the ‘infernal’ is left to the viewer’s imagination.

Alfred H. Barr Jr., the first Director of MOMA in New York, acquired works by Town for MOMA’s permanent collection, including a different version of the “First Infernal Submarine”, done in 1957. Barr believed that Harold Town was amongst the most original printmakers of his time.
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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.