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Jim Logan

Jim Logan

Artist Statement –

I have changed a bit over the years my work is a continuation in my exploration of the northern Canadian Indigenous experience. It’s my way of communicating in a polite and respectful way the realities of poverty, of living within a hegemonic society and reconciling what “reconciliation” is or if one can really every achieve such. It’s not quaint and peaceful in a typical northern Indigenous community; there is violence, drug and alcohol addiction, gas and solvent abuse as well as a lot of intimidation, sexual and physical abuse. I have painted about those negative realities a lot over my thirty plus years as an artist. I am now 65 years of age, maybe I have grown tired of it, and maybe I am trying to forget it, I know of and I have experienced the north and poverty and what I consider normal situations for many First Nations, Inuit and Metis people but painting it is always a challenge as it takes so much out of me but my heart is still there. I have always tried to communicate the complexity of our communities – but really, unless you have been there, it is not easy to understand. I am not really painting pretty pictures – the colour and dark outline comes from appreciation of the works of the generation of Woodland painters before me – I am an Indigenous person whose culture has been stripped away, I have no legends to interpret so I paint what I have seen and experienced. I have been honoured, I have received an Honorary Doctorate from Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto this past year, I am the first Metis visual artist to receive this honour in the school’s 144 year history and I do feel good in my heart about receiving this as I have a lot of respect for this institution.


Jim Logan,
57 Laval Street, Ottawa, ON,
K1L 7Z7 Tel: 613-712-5266 Email:


2002 –2018 – Visual Arts Program Officer, Canada Council for the Arts. Ottawa, Ontario.

1999 – 2002 – Curator, Aboriginal Art, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Eastern Aboriginal Artist Collective 1999 - 2002 Founding Member and 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


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. Establishment of the First Nations Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

1998 - 2002 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.


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 Our Canada

ARC Poetry


It’s Just Not Noise, Making a Noise, Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community, Papers from a conference held November 2003 at The Banff Centre of Continuing Education, Co-published by the Banff International Curatorial Institute, ISBN 10894773-13-6 - 2005 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 2002.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018- Surviving Occupation, Cambridge Idea Exchange, Iga Janik, Curator

2016 – Waiting – Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2012 – Wish You Were Here, Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2010 Our World, Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton Alberta

2005 – This Is Our Place, Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton Alberta

2004 - 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 Territory 1994

Classical Aboriginal Series, Yukon Arts Center, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC 1991/92

A Requiem for Our Children; 2017 Penticton Art Gallery, 1990 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.

The Weight, 1987, Territorial Gallery, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Yukon Pavilion Featured Artist, EXPO 86, Vancouver BC,1986

Group Exhibitions

2019-Together, Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton Alberta, (with Maxine Noel)

2018-CELEBRATING WOMEN – Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Art Gallery, Curator: Rosalie Favell

2017- raise the flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection, (2000-2015), Onsite Gallery, OCAD, Curator: Ryan Rice

2017– HOCKEY, More than just a Game, Canadian Museum of History.

2011 Resilience/Resistance: Metis Art, Sherry Farrell Racette, Batoche Exhibition Centre.

2007 The Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Acquisition Exhibition, Steve Loft Curator.

2006 – World Upside Down, Walter Phillips Gallery, Richard Hill Curator, Touring Exhibit

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, The Windsor 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