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Harold Barling Town was an artist of great gifts, legendary wit and large achievement. He loved this city and spent his whole life here, much of it at work in the Studio Building northeast of this park. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art in 1944, he soon began to win acclaim, across Canada and abroad, for his drawings, prints, collages, paintings, murals and sculpture. He was a central figure in Painters Eleven, the group which helped establish abstract art in Canada in the 1950's. A prolific and incisive writer, Town wrote articles for magazines and newspapers, books for children and monographs on the painters Albert Franck and Tom Thomson. The Order Of Canada (1966), honorary degrees and many awards confirmed the esteem that he and his work enjoyed. His ambitious spirit enlivened and enriched his times.
Literature, Visual Arts
Harold Town (1924-1990) Commemorative plaque, 1992.