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Paintings by Allen Shugar

http://www.allenshugar.com

Floating Leaf (November 2012 to January 2013)
Some Boys I'd Like to Know (June 2013)
Shifting Light (September 2017)


FLOATING LEAF

November 29, 2012 to January 31, 2013

The following are photographs from the URBAN GALLERY inaugural show, Allen Shugar solo exhibition 'FLOATING LEAF'.


SOME BOYS I'D LIKE TO KNOW

June 18-31, 2013

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.


SHIFTING LIGHT

September 7-30, 2017

SHIFTING LIGHT -Allen Shugar

SHIFTING LIGHT
Oil on Canvas by Allen Shugar

SHIFTING LIGHT Info package (pdf)

Artist's Statement

Colour, light, the cycles of nature (so extreme in our climate), the beauty of the human form: these are the subjects that inspire my paintings. Naturalistic representation has never much interested me. I take, rather, a transformative approach that seeks to capture a purely subjective experience, a state of mind, an evanescent thought. In this respect my work owes as much to musical and literary influences as it does to visual stimuli. My aim is to suggest the extraordinary that lies just beneath the surface of the ordinary.

Artist's Biography

Allen Shugar is a Toronto-based artist. As a teenager he attended a Saturday-morning oil-painting class that introduced him to the medium which has remained his favorite ever since. He has also worked, at various times, as a graphic designer, an illustrator and a jeweller. He is currently the curator of Urban Gallery.

Media

FordhamPR:
ALLEN SHUGAR OPENS HIS SOLO SHOW AT URBAN GALLERY, TORONTO
September 8, 2017
Usually the curator for other artists’ shows, ALLEN SHUGAR was proud to present his own work at Urban Gallery last night for the opening of his month-long show titled SHIFTING LIGHT.

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