November 29, 2012 to January 31, 2013
The following are photographs from the URBAN GALLERY inaugural show, Allen Shugar solo exhibition 'FLOATING LEAF'.
June 18-31, 2013
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.
September 7-30, 2017
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.
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.
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.