Harold Barling Town was born in Toronto, Ontario in1924. He studied at Central Technical School and the Ontario College of Art.
He worked as an illustrator for Maclean's and Mayfair for some time.
From 1953-60 he was an active member of Painters Eleven.
From 1953 to 1959 his work was focused on creating his unique monotype "single autographic prints" which gained international recognition. His prints are part of the collections at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
In the 1950's and early 1960's Town's work became more concerned with assemblage as well as pop art and op art techniques.
He represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1956, and again in 1964. He was also at the the São Paolo Bienal in 1957, and 1961.
His work is part of many public and private collections around the world. He was a member of The Royal Canadian Academy.
He died near Peterborough, Ontario in 1990.