Artist Harold Barling Town
Title Toy Horse #155
Media gouache, collage and ink on paper
Size 21.75 x 29 in. / 55.2 x 73.7 cm.
Frame Size 30 x 37.5 x 1.25 in.
signed and dated 'July 2 - Sept. 4/81' upper left; bears title, date and inscription on label verso; framed with archival mat
'Inspired by an antique rocking horse, Town’s Toy Horse series has a fairy-tale quality—but a fairy tale for grown-ups. Town fills in the dynamic silhouette of the horse’s body with intricate geometric details using a mechanical pen. The horse is frozen in mid-gallop, and our eyes linger with fascination - and repulsion at the strange growths that invade its anatomy.' from the aci-iac.ca website)
Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, label verso; private collection, Calgary
Harold Barling Town ~ [1924-1990] Canadian RCA
see Harold Town - The First Exhibition of New Work, 1969-1973., by K. Woods, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 1973; Poets and Other People, Drawings by Harold Town, by K.Saltmarche, Art Gallery of Windsor, 1980; Town, by D.Burnett, A.G.O., 1986; Silent Stars - Sound Stars - Film Stars, by Harold Town, McClelland and Stewart, 1971; N.G.C. Vol.III, by R.Hubbard, pg. 316; A.G.O., by the A.G.O., pg.463; exhibition lists in R.C.A.A., pg. 405 and M.M.F.A., by E.McMann, pg. 378