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Allen Shugar

Boys Across the Bay - Allen Shugar

Allen Shugar
Boys Across the Bay
oil on canvas

Urban Gallery - 400 Queen Street East, Toronto

Exhibition June 18-July 31, 2013

In celebration of Gay Pride, Urban Gallery presents SOME BOYS I’D LIKE TO KNOW a retrospective exhibit by Toronto artist Allen Shugar which explores the mystique of the male figure as an object of attraction. While the artist uses oil-on-canvas to pay tribute to the history of art, the male subject matter is the artist's somewhat whimsical attempt to help redress the imbalance in western art that saw the female image come to predominate (particularly in the 19th and early 20th centuries), and become the ideal and only gender thought "proper" to be represented in an erotically charged fashion.

Allen Shugar is a Toronto-born artist who discovered the joy of oil painting in his early teen years. Since then, the creative urge has led him to explore many areas of art and design, and he has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and jewellery maker. He also developed a unique method for reverse-painting on glass. However, having never recovered from his romance with the smell of turpentine, he returns faithfully to oil-on-canvas for his most personal work.

The following are photographs from the URBAN GALLERY inaugural show, Allen Shugar solo exhibition 'FLOATING LEAF' which ran from November 29, 2012 to January 31, 2013.