ABOUT THE ARTIST JIM LOGAN
Both of Jim’s parents originally lived in Alberta but moved to British Columbia to find employment. Jim was born in 1955 in New Westminster, B.C., and grew up in a Métis household in Port Coquitlam, B.C. He studied at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, B.C., and spent a number of years working as a lay minister in the First Nations village of Kwanlin Dün, near Whitehorse. While there, Jim’s life and art career were transformed as he first began painting social-statement pieces based on his observations and personal experiences.
Through his work, he advocates for the restoration of identity and self-awareness within First Nations communities. Jim sheds light on the low visibility of Aboriginal aesthetics in formal art history and has managed to bring a new significance—a Native perspective—to the icons of Western art. His approach allows him to question what he believes to be the “hegemonic” nature of our society, in which European dominance prevails, not just here in North America, but around the globe.
Since 1984, he has exhibited his works in a number of venues, including the Bearclaw Gallery in Edmonton, the Dalhousie Gallery in Halifax, the Gallery Phillip in Toronto and the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse. His style takes a varied and unique approach to the depiction of the Native way of life.
In 1988-89, Jim became the co-founder and president of the Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry (SYANA). In the span of one year (199192), his work was featured in four films and videos across Canada. And most notably, he became the founding member and chief of the Eastern Aboriginal Artist Collective in 1999. From 1999 to 2002, Jim was the Aboriginal arts curator for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, in Halifax. That same year, he moved on to become a visual arts program officer at the Canada Council for the Arts in downtown Ottawa.
Look for Jim’s latest exhibition, “Surviving Under Occupation,” this November at the Cambridge Gallery in Cambridge, Ont.