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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.

June 1 - July 14, 2012

New York, NY

Michael Mut Gallery
presents:

George Towne
Portraits & Landscapes

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 6th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Portraits of Sexy Gay Men and Landscapes with an Erotic Twist — such as Fire Island’s Famed “Meatrack” — are the subject of this show of Figurative Oil Paintings and Watercolors from this artist living in New York City’s East Village neighborhood.

In addition – a Special “One-Night only” Event will showcase the artist’s Erotic Life Drawings, done at groups such as the Leslie/Lohman Gay Men’s Erotic Drawing Studio – Thurs. June 21st from 8:00 - 10:00 PM, at the same location.

The Michael Mut Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition, George Towne: Portraits & Landscapes. This will be Towne’s second show at the gallery. The exhibition features a selection of his oil paintings, as well as gouache watercolors and drawings.

With his latest work, Towne is exploring Landscapes that embody a mystery of gay sex and fertility. The Meat Rack and the Boardwalks of Fire Island, the abandoned Carrington Estate House (where Truman Capote is rumored to have written “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in bed in 1958), and the All-Male Video Arcade in New York City all resonate with a lingering ghost essence of countless sexual encounters and gay history.

In conjunction to the landscapes, Towne has produced a new series of male portraits, for which he is known. They are both a return to and a departure from his previous work. While this work again depicts the solo male figure, there is more variety of ethnicity. With this work, Towne holds up a mirror to both himself and the audience; so that they may find a deeper, truer understanding of the variety of the male condition.

In addition to the month-long exhibition, a special “one-night only event” has been planned. On June 21st from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, there will be a selection of drawings that Towne has produced at the Leslie-Lohman Gay Men’s Erotic Drawing Studio on display at Michael Mut Gallery. These are mostly Drawings done from life, of models holding sexually provocative poses, often wearing fetish gear.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Port Jervis, New York, Towne came to New York City to attend School of Visual Arts over 20 years ago, and has since settled into the East Village neighborhood. His work has been the subject of exhibitions at the Barbara Ann Levy Gallery in Fire Island, the Delaware Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg, NY, and the New York LGBT Community Center. He has been featured in publications such as American Artist Magazine, A&U – Art & Understanding, Time Out New York, and Next Magazine. Additionally, his work is featured in the Art Book compilations 100 Artists of the Male Figure, Powerfully Beautiful, and Stripped, Uncensored.

Michael Mut Gallery
Hours: Wednesday to Friday 2:00 - 6:00 PM, Saturday 12 Noon to 6:00 PM
97 Avenue C, NY, NY 10009  Map 
212.677.7868
Michael Mut Gallery Website

George Towne Website

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HAPPY SEXUALITY
“In those days, a gay man was made to feel nothing but shame about his feelings and his sexuality. I wanted my drawings to counteract that, to show gay men being happy and positive about who they were. Oh, I didn’t sit down to think this all out carefully. But I knew — right from the start — that my men were going to be proud and happy men!"
— Tom of Finland