Makeshift Science: Artist Allen Egan at the CML

The CML is gearing up to host the Pharmakon exhibition for the SLSA 2011 conference taking place in Kitchener this week (see the previous post for a list of artists contributing work).

Today, artist Allen Egan arrived at the CML from Gatineau, QC to deliver and hang his large oil on canvas paintings. Allen is a self-taught painter who was born and raised in Rhodesia, Zimbabwe and spent many years living and working in Africa. He has also worked in the print and graphic design industry. Allen’s work focuses on depicting the figure in surreal and thought-provoking contexts. His life-size figures overwhelm the canvases they fill and the peculiar environments in which the viewer finds them inhabiting. Allen’s work will be hanging in both the CML and the Artery gallery next door. Be sure to stop by and see them in person this Thursday to Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Here are some images of Allen’s visit and his work…

Artist Allen Egan working at the CML

Artist Allen Egan working at the CML

Two of Allen's paintings, Prep (2008) and Golden (2008) will be hanging in the front window of the CML during Pharmakon

Two of Allen's paintings, Prep (2008) and Golden (2009), will be hanging in the front window of the CML during Pharmakon

Touching up the gallery walls (one of Allen's paintings in background)

Touching up the gallery walls (one of Allen's paintings in background)

Allen Egan's paintings await installation

Allen Egan's paintings await installation in the CML

Colleen Wolstenholme’s Buspar plaster pills are now sitting in the CML window, below Allen’s paintings. Hopefully these interesting pieces will draw lots of passersby into the gallery in the following week.