Curated by Gerta Moray

Harold Town (1924–1990) was a brilliant figure in Canadian art from the 1950s to the 1980s. A founding member of the Painters Eleven, he made a distinct contribution to the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950s. He went on to launch numerous and varied bodies of work, usually executed in series, always with an experimental rigour and in pursuit of a consistent and evolving set of themes. Town’s art creates a dynamic dialogue between traditional artistic modes and the contemporary urban, technological environment. For more on Harold Town read Gerta Moray’s Harold Town: Life & Work.

 

Gerta Moray has held posts at several British and Canadian universities and is Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph. Her current research explores Canadian modern and contemporary art through international and feminist perspectives. She is a leading expert on Emily Carr and author of Unsettling Encounters: First Nations Imagery in the Art of Emily Carr.


  • Day Neon (detail)

    Day Neon (detail) 1953

  • Music Behind

    Music Behind 1958–1959

  • Bacchante Threatened by a Panther

    Bacchante Threatened by a Panther 1959

  • Inoutscape

    Inoutscape 1960

  • Tyranny of the Corner (Sashay Set)

    Tyranny of the Corner (Sashay Set) 1962

  • Festival

    Festival 1965

  • Snap No. 17

    Snap No. 17 1972–1973

  • Toy Horse No. 184

    Toy Horse No. 184 1979

  • Spengler Writing The Decline of the West at His Desk on Top of the Kitchen Table

    Spengler Writing The Decline of the West at His Desk on Top of the Kitchen Table 1980

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