Harold Town

Abstract paintings at home? -- why, yes you can.  The embedded message of the Abstracts at Home show (Simpson's Department Store, October 1953) was to support the break from academic tradition and embrace the new ideas of the day.  Modernism was washing over North America; from the Abstract Expressionist movement in the United States, to Les Automatistes in Quebec, and Painters Eleven in Toronto -- artists were banding together to launch campaigns of defense against the resistance from the public. The Abstracts at Home exhibition and following formation of Painters Eleven (1953-1960) are seminal moments in Canadian art history as they introduced and reinforced the primacy of the creative act.

Harold Town: 60th Anniversary of Painters Eleven opens this month at Ingram Gallery.  We extend a special invitation for you to join us for our opening reception on Saturday, 5 October between 2pm and 4pm.  Please read on in this new issue of Ingram Art News! for more information on this important exhibition, as well as other notable gallery news.
On The Walls

60th Anniversary of Painters Eleven
5 - 24 October . 2013

Opening reception: Saturday, 5 October | 2pm to 4pm

"This show celebrates the groups 60th anniversary by focusing on Town's wildly energetic, luscious paintings."   Toronto Life | Going Out (October 2013) 

The confidence infused lines of Harold Town's abstract works on view and available for purchase in this major exhibition support the title of Nowell's 2010 book on Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art (Douglas & McIntyre).  Fearlessly pushing to new frontiers with boundless imaginations, the members of Painters Eleven garnered positive attention from Clement Greenberg and other influential art critics of their time.

Providing historical context through Painters Eleven period Harold Town masterpieces, this major exhibition at Ingram Gallery also includes vintage exhibition catalogues, books, photographs and studio ephemera. Works by fellow members of the historic collective are also included.

The gathering of artists under the umbrella of Painters Eleven was a fifties phenomenon (1953-1960) that was crucial to the development of the Toronto artistic scene and eventually to all of Canadian art. -Denise Leclerc

Please visit the exhibition show page here to learn and see more, including a link to the CBC archive video: Remembering Illustrious Artist Harold Town.

For purchase and further press information please enquire with the gallery

Beyond the Ingram Walls  
Home at PAMA

Anna Yuschuk exhibited her acclaimed Passage series in 2009 at the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives (PAMA).  A retrospective for Florence Vale (1909-2003) curated by Joan Murray was held earlier this year.

Most recently, PAMA unveiled Joseph Lammirato's new installation Home -- on view until January 2014.

This site-specific installation by Toronto based artist Joseph Lammirato will hang in the art gallery atrium at PAMA against the backdrop of the historic 1867 courthouse. Inspired by balloon framing, a traditional house framing technique, the piece combines complex themes and bold visual impact: a crown encased within a large pink house frame.  Home references Lammirato's home province, Alberta, through its use of a recycled oil drum, lumber and the colour pink to imply the ecological stain left behind by the oil and softwood industry. - PAMA


Land & Sky
First People
2 - 20 November . 2013

November offers a unique collection at the gallery in a group show of works by Carl Beam, Cliff Maracle, Jane Ash Poitras and other great artists.  Looking to the land and sky through a mix of materials and range in subject matter, the exhibition provides much to consider in our aesthetic history.  As we near the end of our 2013 exhibition schedule, please mark you calendar for the opening reception of Kate Grigg's The Dreaming Street on Saturday, 23 November.
From All Of Us  


Last week the new figurative paintings of Daniel Hughes arrived at the gallery.  Exhibiting since the early 1990s, Hughes has numerous exhibitions ahead and into 2014 including Face to Face: Artists' Self-Portraits from the collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr. which opens later this month at The Arkansas Arts Center. 

The above new Hughes works, paired with new works from studio by Sara Sniderhan, Rachel Berman and others, provide much for you to see when you visit the gallery this month.  Please let us know how we can be of help with respect to any of these newly available pieces.

We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery!  Please join us between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, 5 October for the opening reception of Harold Town: 60th Anniversary of Painters Eleven.

With best wishes,



Tarah Aylward, Director  
Ingram Gallery, Toronto