HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968
HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968

HAROLD TOWN "HIPPIE WITH A DIGGER HAT", 1968

$4,500

Harold Town (1924–1990) was one of the most dynamic and brilliant figures in Canadian art throughout his career which extended from the early1950s to the 1980s. 

Caviar20 is excited to be offering "Hippie With a Digger Hat", a possible self-portrait, and definitely fantastic work exemplifying how Town was an exceptional draftsman.

This artwork is an emblem of the psychedelic sixties and hippie seventies. The character is wearing a digger hat (also called “slouch hat”) that covers a part of his face and groovy hair. This symbolic hat was commonly worn as part of a military uniform in many western countries. Like many counter-culture characters he is overtly subverting the hierarchy with his rebellious look. Today, a man with long-hair is common, however in 1968 this was considered quite a renegade style. 

Perhaps responding to Pop Art, Town began to depict rock stars and hippies towards the end of the 1960's. Yet instead of appropriating existing images Town realized these characters, like this "Hippie" or "Gracie Slick", in elegant evocative black ink. 

As an artist Town fearlessly experimented with different media and aesthetics - consider how different his "Toy Horse" is from his "Single Autographic Prints" or even his "Superstar" works.

Questions about this piece? Contact us or call +1.416.704.1720

"Hippie with a Digger Hat"

Ink on paper

Signed and dated by the Artist 

Canada, 1968.

24”H 18.5”W (print)

28”H 22”W (framed)

Very good condition.

Detailed condition report by request