HAROLD TOWN "TOY HORSE #11" 1978
Harold Town (1924-1990) remains one of the most noted and fascinating characters from the "Painters Eleven" group.
While Town coined the group's name (based on the number of artists who simply attended their first meeting) his output was diverse ever-changing.
By the time the group disbanded, Town had established that he was restlessly prolific and explorative - regularly trying new media and modes.
While Town is a major character in 20th century Canadian abstraction, he also completed a significant amount of figurative works beginning in the 1970's.
His "Toy Horse" series is his most successful and iconic body of figurative work.
Town was inspired by a Christmas gift from Canadian scholar Iris Nowell. Within a short period of time Town completed a large number of variations on the subject of a Toy Horse - both stylized and intricately mechanical appearing.
This is a fantastic example from the series - Town pushes the form to the point it approaches abstraction.
To see some other examples of Harold Town's "Toy Horses" click here and here.
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Mixed media on paper.
Signed and dated "January 22.23 1978" by the Artist.
31"W 25"H (artwork)
Note: work is matted but unframed
Very good condition.