Work of the Week: Thou Shalt/Shalt Not

Date: Jun 6, 2018

Celebrating the beginning of Pride Month, our work of the week for June 4 - 11, 2018 is Thou Shalt/Shalt Not by Shane Golby.

Artist statement

My art practice has largely been autobiographical in nature. Either symbolically or literally and whether producing a still life drawing, a landscape painting, or a mixed media collage work, art making allows me to explore the physical and emotional places I have found myself.

Since 2005 my work has focused on societal perceptions of homosexuality and life as a gay male. I have continued to investigate male sexuality as inspiration for my art production. Utilizing digital photography, appropriated imagery, acrylic paint and gel transfers. I combine text and image to create intimate artworks which record the shifting place of the homosexual in western society and my own journey.

View more works by Shane on the AFA Virtual Museum.

Artist profile

Born and raised in Edmonton, Shane Golby received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Anthropology from the University of Alberta in 1981 and a teaching degree in Social Studies and English in 1985.

From 1985 to 1998 he worked in a number of cross-cultural teaching assignments in Southern Africa and northern Canada. In 1998 Golby returned to the U of A to pursue courses in painting, print-making, and figurative sculpture in the faculty of Fine Arts. Following the completion of his studies he worked with the Art Gallery of Alberta, as a Gallery Educator and Education Programs Manager.

In 2008 he became Travelling Exhibitions Manager/Curator for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibitions Program (TREX) organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and continues in this role today. He recently co-curated the exhibition “Re-Imaging Normal” with artist Michelle Lavoie for the Trex program, which focuses on issues of LGBTQ identity currently on display at VAA Gallery in Edmonton.

Pride in Alberta

Albertans show their pride every year, with festivals celebrating LGBTQ diversity all over the province. View Premier Rachel Notley's statement in honour of Pride Month. 

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