Allen Shugar

www.allenshugar.com

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

GROUP SHOWS
Visions of Toronto (August 2016)
Urban Gallery First Group Show (Spring 2013)
Pride Of Place For World Pride (June-July 2014)


SHIFTING LIGHT  oil on canvas 40” x 40” by Allen Shugar

SHIFTING LIGHT oil on canvas 40” x 40” by Allen Shugar

SHIFTING LIGHT

Solo Exhibition

Artworks by ALLEN SHUGAR

September 7-30, 2017

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 favourite 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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View video interview with Allen Shugar “Shifting Light” Solo Exhibition at Urban Gallery Toronto.


BOYS ACROSS THE BAY  by Allen Shugar 40” x 40” oil on canvas

BOYS ACROSS THE BAY by Allen Shugar 40” x 40” oil on canvas

SOME BOYS I’D LIKE TO KNOW

Solo Exhibition for PRIDE 2013

Artworks by ALLEN SHUGAR

URBAN GALLERY June - July 2013


In celebration of Toronto Gay Pride 2013, Urban Gallery presents ‘SOME BOYS I’D LIKE TO KNOW’ -a retrospective exhibition, 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. 

 
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FLOATING LEAF  by Allen Shugar 20” x 20” oil on canvas

FLOATING LEAF by Allen Shugar 20” x 20” oil on canvas

FLOATING LEAF

Solo Exhibition

Artworks by ALLEN SHUGAR

November 29, 2012 to January 31, 2013

FLOATING LEAF solo exhibition of paintings by Toronto artist and gallery curator Allen Shugar, was the inaugural show at URBAN GALLERY.

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