HAROLD TOWN "GREY STRETCH" 1971
Harold Town (1924-1990) is renowned in Canada for his prolific, versatile and dynamic body of work.
Town was dubbed the "Picasso of Canada" for his ever-changing aesthetic and perennial creativity.
In the mid 1950's he established his reputation with a series of monotypes (called "Single Autographic Prints") which included elements of collage.
While Town became one of the leading artists of the Painters 11 group, he had a important and lifelong connection to printmaking.
While Town had made major accomplishments in abstraction, the stretch series was a major departure from previous non-figurative works. Interestingly when he debuted them the "Stretch" works were initially met with critical ambivalence.
Harold Town's oeuvre has little connection to minimalism, in fact Town can be understood as a maximalist, always aiming for extravagance and bravado.
This example from the stretch series, is far more understated that its siblings. The grey on grey palette has a quiet elegance and a subtle dynamism that is still unmistakably Harold Town.
Today, the Stretch series look remarkably contemporary. For the uninitiated, many assume this body of work to be brand new.
Provenance: The Estate of Harold Town
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Signed, dated and numbered by the artist.
From an edition of 99.
Very good condition.