Harold Town: Select Works 1953-1982
November 1st to November 21st, 2014

Enigma
Enigma, 1967
mixed media on paper, 25½" × 20"
French Postcard Series (1972)
French Postcard Series, 1972
oil pastel on canson paper, 25¾" × 19"
God Series #22
God Series #22, 1979
mixed media on paper, 19" × 25"
Humphrey Bogart, #14
Humphrey Bogart, #14, 1971
charcoal on paper, 32.5" × 23"
Oliver Hardy, #613
Oliver Hardy, #613, 1971
bruch, ink, wash & rubber cement
resist on orange canson
, 20" × 24"
Stages #38
Stages #38, 1987
mixed media on board, 26½" × 26½" × 3¾"
Toy Horse #148
Toy Horse #148, 1979
mixed media on paper, 29½" × 36½"
Toy Horse #245
Toy Horse #245, 1982
mixed media on paper, 29¼" × 38"
Toy Horse #325
Toy Horse #325, 1982
mixed media on paper, 18" × 22"
Toy Horse #255
Toy Horse #255, 1982
gouache on board, 60" × 40"
Snap #47
Snap #47
oil on canvas, 24" × 24"
Untitled (1964)
Untitled, 1964
oil on canvas, 18" × 20"
Ship of Dreams
Ship of Dreams, 1981
oil on linen, 36" × 30"
The Reverend Evan Sedgemore Blowing his Bugle Under Water
The Reverend Evan Sedgemore Blowing his Bugle Under Water, 1980
oil on canvas, 28" × 36"
Snap #53
Snap #53
oil on canvas, 60" × 60"
Vale Variation #235
Vale Variation #235, 1976
coloured crayon on paper, 19½" × 25½"
Vale Variation #84
Vale Variation #84, 1973
pen, brush & ink, graphite, gouache, and oil pastel on canson, 19¾" × 25½"
Painting That Refused to Be a Park
Painting That Refused to Be a Park, 1970-71
oil on linen, 66" × 66"
Light Support
Light Support, 1980-81
oil on canvas, 75" × 75"
Untitled (Mythologies God Series), 1976
Untitled (Mythologies God Series), 1976
graphite on water colour paper, 27½" × 33¼"
Swatches #1
Swatches #1, 1987
pencil and acrylic on plywood, 69" × 31"
Untitled (1958)
Untitled, 1958
oil and lucite 44 on canvas, 10" × 10"
Bug Walk
Bug Walk #27, 1983
mixed media, 30½" × 22"
Classic Landscape
Classic Landscape, 1956
Single Autographic Print, ed. 1/1, 19¾" × 15¾"
Untitled (1956)
Untitled, 1956
Single Authographic Print and Collage, W" × H"
Anchorite (1960)
Anchorite, 1960
oil and lucite on masonite, 12" × 12"

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Harold Town – Exhibition and Book Signing with Iris Nowell

Harold Town, by Iris Nowell

Saturday November 1st, 2014:
At 2:00 p.m. Iris Nowell will present highlights from her newly released book Harold Town.

At age three, Town began drawing and reached virtuosos heights as a draftsman, painter, printmaker, collagist, and muralist.

Nowell captures the outstanding chronicle of a master artist who has been called the Picasso of Canada.

Harold Town

Harold Town produced during his lifetime a dynamic body of art that gained him international acclaim along with prestigious art prizes and civic honours. Former director of the Art Gallery of Ontario, William Withrow, writes in Contemporary Canadian Painting, 1972, of Town as “an artist of such virtuosity, facility and output that he has been called ‘the Picasso of Canada.” Who’s Who in Canadian Art, 1964, cites Town as “one of the country’s best painters in a hundred years.” Allan Jarvis, former director of the National Gallery of Art, claimed that Town “draws as beautifully as Picasso and Raphael,” and art critic Robert Fulford placed Town “among the most brilliant draftsmen in the history of Canadian art.”

Painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, muralist, collagist and assemblagist, it is as a printmaker that Town won his first international prizes. In 1956, he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale with paintings, drawings and monoprints that he called Single Autographic Prints. William Withrow wrote that “Town’s ability as a draftsman is undisputed. And his Single Autographic Prints produced between 1955 and 1957 were surely among the most beautiful art objects ever made by a Canadian artist.”

— Iris Nowell, author of the dazzling new book Harold Town, released October 2014.

Town’s body of early Abstract Expressionist paintings, combined with his flamboyance and erudition, attracted immense attention from the art establishment and esteemed collectors. He was a founding member of Painters Eleven (1954-1960), the artists who brought Abstract Expressionism to prominence in Canada. Throughout his life Town produced his work in multiple themes, such as Popsters & Celebrities lithographs, Silent Stars, Sound Stars, Film Stars drawings, the Bug Walk series, Toy Horses, Enigmas, the God series, Stages collages, Tyranny of the Corner and his inventive Snap paintings. He continued painting until the last few months of his life before his untimely death in 1990, at the age of 66.

Selected Honours

1968   Officer, Order of Canada
1967   Centennial Medal
1966   Honorary Doctorate, York University
1960   Guggenheim International Award, Honourable Mention, Canada
1958   International Exhibition of Drawing and Prints, Lugano, Switzerland
1958   Canada Council Purchase Prize
1957   Second International Exhibition of Drawings and Prints, Yugoslavia
1957   Arno Prize, Sao Paulo Biennale

Selected Collections

National Gallery of Canada (ON)
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (QC)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY)
Brooklyn Museum (NY)
Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam)
Museu de Arte Moderna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Galleria d’Arte di Villa Ciani (Switzerland)

Art Gallery of Ontario (ON)
Museum of Modern Art (NY)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (NY)
Albright-Knox Gallery (Buffalo, NY)
Tate Gallery (England)
Museo d’Arte Contemporaneo (Chile)


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Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now open at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario until January 21st, 2018. Afterwards, it will travel to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

This exhibition was recently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)

Rita LetendreGallery Gevik congratulates renowned Canadian and International abstract painter, Rita Letendre, on her first major museum retrospective exhibition outside of Québec. Rita Letendre: Fire and Light is now open until September 17, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition, which covers Letendre's career from the 1960's to 2000's, is co-curated by Wanda Nanibush and Georgiana Uhlyarik. The retrospective features nearly forty large-scale paintings drawn from major national public and private collections.

Letendre was widely exhibited with the artistic groups, Les Automatistes and Les Plasticiens. She has received the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts, the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, and the Orders of Canada, Ontario and Québec. Click here for more details.