Jim Logan

Waiting

The past year has been one of optimism for many Aboriginal people in Canada; there is finally a bit of hope for recognition of historical wrongs. It is, I believe, the beginning of a new relationship, one where Aboriginal voices are being listened to by those in power to make the necessary changes to improve the conditions in which many Aboriginal people find themselves. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission findings are fundamental in the development of this new relationship – the inquiry to missing and murdered Aboriginal women is a positive indicator that the Federal Government seriously wants to be proactive in building this new relationship. I am waiting, my work in this exhibit remains skeptical perhaps, I know poverty will not diminish overnight, nor will reconciliation be possible for many people. I know that relationship building takes time. I have left little hints of these ongoing issues in this body of work. You will see red dresses, either hanging on clotheslines or being worn in the works in reference to missing and murdered Aboriginal women in support of Jamie Black’s REDress Project, you will see the run down churches in reference to a federal forced assimilation. The works also include our people’s spirituality and exhibits our endurance to be who we are, not what a government wants us to be.

-Jim Logan

BIOGRAPHY:

Jim Logan is a Canadian artist with a mission. His mission is using his art to depict what he calls the “Quiet Condition.”

An easygoing, soft-spoken Metis, Jim is a skilled graphic artist, a missionary, and a candid observer of native life in the North. Although originally from British Columbia, it was the time spent in the Yukon Territory that inspired his mission. The “Quiet Condition” he found there was the broad spectrum of life on a Northern Indian Reserve. The tenderness and love in his work, contrasted with alcoholism and despair, has shown Jim to be an accurate and painfully honest commentator of native life.

Jim began to paint as a very young man, inspired by his mother, a hobby painter. He later studied graphic design at David Thompson University and the expressionistic work of artists like Edvard Munch and Van Gogh. He contrives to use his art as a graphic social comment as well as inspiration to many young Native artists. His honesty and sensitivity have earned him international recognition. Jim is undoubtedly an exceptional artist and a voice of his people.

Affiliations
Eastern Aboriginal Artist Collective
1999 - Present Founding Member and current Chief
The EAAC works to promote self-determination
in the arts for artists of various mediums.
1998- Member of Red Poets Society
The Red Poets Society promotes poetry to aboriginal students of all ages
with readings by  Society members, Indigenous poets from other parts of the world and by
organizing ‘Wordshops' for emerging poets.
Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry (SCANA)
1995-96 Appointed to Past-Chair executive position
1991-95 Elected Co-Chair of the National Executive
1987-91 Board Member - Yukon Territory and B.C.
ATLATL ( American First Nations Artist Organization)
1992-94 Member of the Second Circle Advisory Board
Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry (SYANA)
1988-89 Co-Founder and President
 

Achievements
1999 - 2001  Participating as a curator with the Art Gallery of Nova
Scotia in the First Peoples Secretariat of the Canada Council for the
Arts, Aboriginal Curator Residency Program.
1998 - Present  Member of the Arts Infusion Committee, Nova Scotia Arts
Council, a experimental program  to introduce new ways of learning
focusing on the arts as a means of teaching.
1997 - Selected as the Canadian Aboriginal representative by the Sydney
Olympic Organizing Committee for the exhibition and artist camp,
Offshore/On-Site, at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The art camp is a
collaborative work project between Aboriginal peoples from around the
world and was designed to promote the addition of more culture into
future Olympics.
1993 - Appointed Advisor to the BC Cultural Ministry in setting up an
Aboriginal Art Awards Program.
1993 - Assisted Kamloops Art Gallery in development of an acquisitions
policy regarding the collection of Aboriginal Art.

Film/Video
War Against the Indians, Film, Harry Rasky, Producer, CBC/NFB Toronto,
1992
Drums, Video, CBC Television, 1992
A Requiem for Our Children, Focus North, 1991, CBC Yellowknife
Sleeping Awake, Film/Video Marjorie Beaucage/Shirley Cheechoo, 1991 NFB.
Selected Publications
The Trickster Shift, Humour and Irony in Contemporary Native Art, Allan
J. Ryan, UBC Press, University of Washington Press. 1999
Thunder Bay Art Gallery: Permanent Collection, R. William Hill and
Lee-Ann Martin, Thunder Bay Art Gallery Publication.
Classical Aboriginal Series, Allan J. Ryan, Yukon Art Center catalogue,
1994
INDIGENA: Contemporary Native Perspectives, Gerald McMaster/Lee-Ann
Martin, Douglas & McIntyre, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1992
Jim Logan the Painter Prophet, Canadian Lutheran Magazine, Dec. 1991
Lower Than the Angels: The Weight of Jim Logan's Art, The Canadian
Journal of Native Studies, Vol.10 No.1 1990, Brandon University
Authorship
Homeboys, exhibition cataloque featuring Alex Janvier and Alan syliboy,
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, April 7, 2001
Re-claiming History, exhibition brochure, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia,
June 22, 2000
Mirrored, exhibition brochure, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, February 18,
2000
Art As Fulcrum: De Facto Magazine, Brussels,  Belgium, October 1999
Metis, A North American Hybrid. Indian Summer exhibition catalogue
article, Royal Museum of Art and History, Brussels, Belgium, September,
1999
Cultural Awareness, A paper presented to Aboriginal Tourism Team Canada,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, August, 1999
Art Reviewer for Mi'kmaq Maliseet Nation News. October 1999 to present.
Group Exhibitions
2000 - Who Stole the Teepee, Smithsonian Institute for the American
Indian, NY. NY -  traveling exhibition
The Hands of Our Ancestors, South Shore Art Centre, Cohasset, Mass. USA
Contemporary Perspectives in Contemporary Indian Art, Jacobson House,
Norman, Oklahoma
Cultural Memories, Cape Breton University College, Sydney Nova Scotia
1999 - 2000- Indian Summer, Royal Museum of Art and History, Brussels, Belgium
1998 - Responses, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1997 - Off Shore/On Site, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia
- TRANSITIONS, Indian Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, touring exhibit- Paris,
Hamilton, New Zealand/ Taipei, Taiwan
1996 - Thunder Bay Art Gallery Permanent Collection Exhibition, Thunder Bay, Ontario
1996 - Grand Opening- Gallery Gevik, Toronto, Ontario
1995-96 - Basket Bead and Quill, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Touring Exhibition
1995 - Re-Imergence, Southern Okanagan Art Gallery, Penticton, BC
1994 - Challenging the Status Quo, Art Gallery of Southern Alberta, Edmonton Public Art
Gallery, Kelowna Art Gallery
1993 - Contemporary Native Art of the West Coast, Western Gallery, Western
Washington State University, Bellingham, Washington, USA
1993 - Canada's First People, A Celebration of Contemporary Native Art, Cross Canada
Tour as well as Tokyo Japan
1992 - New Territories, 350/500Years After, Cote De Neige Gallery, Montreal
1992 - INDIGENA, Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, toured, Winnipeg Art Gallery,
Winnipeg,Man. Dalhousie Gallery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Art Gallery, Windsor, Ontario, The Heard Museum, Phoenix Az. USA, The Glenbow
Museum, Calgary, AB
1988 - Spirit of the Lubicon, Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1986 - Yukon Pavilion, EXPO 86, Vancouver, BC
1984 - Points of View, Yukon Territorial Government Buildings, Whitehorse, Yukon
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2003     24 Songs    Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton , Alberta.   1998
love affair: the book of joan,
Dalhousie Gallery, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS
(Traveling exhibition including Moose Jaw Art Museum, Moose Jaw, Sask.
Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in 1997)
Moments Between Heaven and Earth, Gallery Phillip, Toronto, Ontario
Re-Representing
McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, Kleinburg, Ontario
1995
Images in Collage
K'san National Exhibition Center, K'san BC
Recent Works of Jim Logan
Yukon Gallery, Whitehorse, Yukon Territtory
1994
Classical Aboriginal Series
Yukon Arts Center, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC
1990
A Requiem for Our Children
Rosemont Gallery, Regina Sask.
Various University Galleries including Lakehead University, Thunder
Bay, Ontario, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, University of Calgary,
Calgary Alberta, Guelph University, Windsor Ontario.
1987
The Weight, Territorial Gallery, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
1986
Yukon Pavilion Featured Artist, EXPO 86, Vancouver BC
1985
Tuchone Images, Town Square Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Father Dion’s New Car

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 36 x 48 Inches
Code No.: JL50
Price: $9,500.00
SOLD

Teslin All-Stars

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 30 x 40 Inches
Code No.: JL49
Price: $7,950.00

Tutchone Girl in a Red Dress

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Code No.: JL48
Price: $2,500.00

Northern Playground

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Code No.: JL46
Price: $2,500.00
SOLD

The Old Couple

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Code No.: JL45
Price: $2,500.00
SOLD

Away

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Code No.: JL44
Price: $2,500.00
SOLD

The Kiss

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 12 x 16 Inches
Code No.: JL43
Price: $1,800.00
SOLD

Listening to the River’s Song

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 12 x 16 Inches
Code No.: JL42
Price: $1,800.00

A Place to Feel Good Again

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 12 x 16 Inches
Code No.: JL41
Price: $1,800.00

Together

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 11 x 14 Inches
Code No.: JL40
Price: $1,550.00

A Sacred Place

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 11 x 14 Inches
Code No.: JL38
Price: $1,550.00
SOLD

Teaching A Drum Song

Artist: Jim Logan
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Size: 11 x 14 Inches
Code No.: JL37
Price: $1,550.00
SOLD