The extraordinary life and art of one of Canada's most exciting painters
Harold Barling Town (1924 - 1990) began drawing as a three-year-old and never stopped. A prodigious worker, his oeuvre totals some 9,000 works - paintings, collages, monoprints, lithographs, silk screens and linocuts, as well as assemblages, sculptures and murals. A founding member of Painters Eleven, the group that propelled Abstract Expressionism to the forefront in Canada in 1953, Town gained international recognition for his technically inventive Single Autographic Prints. They were shown at the 1956 Venice Biennale and won him his first of numerous international prizes at Ljubljana, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia), in 1957. His work is held in the world's renowned art museums - the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Galleria d'Arte, Lugano, Switzerland, among them. Alfred H. Barr, MoMA director, held Town in high regard as printmaker, and MoMA was the first international museum to purchase his work. In this definitive monograph, Iris Nowell presents a dazzling account of the life and art of Harold Town. Her insightful text is accompanied by 120 reproductions of Town's work highlighting his epic, brilliant career.
Iris Nowell is the author of seven books, this volume her fourth art book. Her memoir Hot Breakfast for Sparrows: My Life with Harold Town¸ 1992, provides a unique perspective on Town'?s life and art. Joyce Wieland: A Life in Art, 2001, has become a staple in women?'s studies in Canadian universities, and Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, 2010, winner of an Alcuin Society Award for Book Design Excellence in Canada, is now in its third printing.
Iris Nowell?'s extensive background in art includes working on art projects in both the public and private sectors, and she is also an active public speaker on art. She serves as Trustee on the Board of Directors of the Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario, whose permanent collection of Painters Eleven art and archives is the largest in Canada. Iris Nowell lives and works in Toronto.