Toronto-based artist Zack Rosen is exhibiting a new series of paintings titled “Take Me Back To Happiness” (inspired by the Crooked Man song) this month in Toronto.
Zack’s paintings center around Hanlan’s Point, a secluded beach situated on the Toronto Island. The beach has been designated “clothing optional” since 1999, but has been a beloved queer meeting spot since the 1950s.
Inspired by Keith Haring, David Hockney, and other gay visionaries, Zack’s paintings capture the natural beauty, freedom of nudity, and sexual expression that is common-place on a hot summer day at Hanlan’s Point.
With a few of the smaller pieces drawn live at the beach, expect a healthy balance between gorgeous beachscapes and male nudes!
Check out some highlights after the jump.