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Jim Logan. (b.

1955)
By Catherine Mattes. Metis painter and mixed media artist Jim Logan was born at New Westminister, British Columbia and raised primarily at Port Coquitlam. His mother painted in her spare time and encouraged her son to draw and paint. He took graphic design training from David Thompson University and then moved north to work on the Yukon Indian News. In the Yukon he encountered the realities of the poverty, despair and dislocation of Native communities. Jim Logan documents these social realities in his enticing and colourful paintings. Finding inspiration in his mother who was a painter, Logan has traveled extensively to study the works of other influences such as Van Gogh. He views himself as a social commentator, painting Native society in relation to the mainstream. Many of his pieces reflect poverty, oppression, alcoholism and abuse in Aboriginal communities.1 In his words the goal I have as an artist is to raise the conscience of mainstream Canadian society to the situation of the Aboriginal peoples in our country.2At the same time, his art reminds viewers that balance is required, as there is always a time to laugh and a time to weep. Logan has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, and his work can be found in private and public collections all over North America. Logan is a founding member and captain of the Mtis Art Council and former co-chair of the Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry. Jim toured his paintings depicting the Residential School scenes and themes across Canada. His work was been selected as one of the Aboriginal exhibitors at the INDIGENA exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Reference Deborah Burett. Jim Logan. In Roger Matuz (Editor): Native North American Artists. Toronto: St. James Press, 1998: 315-318.

Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute
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Artist Statement, INDIGENA,p.142. From, Jim Logan: Artists Statement on the Bearclaw Gallery website.