HAROLD TOWN "IN AND OUT" SAP, 1955
One of Harold Town's (1924-1990) most noted attributes is his versatility and unpredictability. Throughout his career he oscillated between genres and styles, between dynamic color and black & white, between abstraction and figuration.
Town's breakout body of work were the "Single Autographic Prints" created during the mid-1950's. While there are certainly many common characteristics in these monotypes - there are plenty of variations, anomalies and beautiful experiments.
This work "In and Out" is a fine example of Town's versatility - yet aesthetically it seems closer in style to something by Robert Motherwell or even Ray Mead. Dominant, monochromatic forms - found here on both the upper and lower half of the composition - are not obviously elements that Town favored.
Despite its somewhat exceptional construction this must have been a meaningful work for Town as he signed, dated and gave it this friendly evocative title.
It comes directly from the estate of Harold Town.
An essential work for a collection of post-war Canadian abstraction.
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Provenance: The Estate of Harold Town
"In and Out"
Signed, titled and dated by the Artist
22"H 16.5"W (work - visible)
29"H 24"W (framed)
Very good condition.