This week’s Work of the Week is Away With His Dogs by Jim Logan.
About the Artist: Jim Logan
Jim Logan is an artist of Métis descent. He began to paint as a very young man, inspired by his mother, a hobby painter. At age 20, Logan travelled to Europe, studying the works of Van Gogh and Edvard Munch. He continued to develop his technique through wildlife and landscape paintings. In 1982, he enrolled in the Graphic Design program at David Thompson University (Prince George, BC).
His mission is using his art to depict what he calls the “Quiet Condition.” His colourful, illustrative paintings capture an accurate and painfully honest view of First Nations life in Northern Canada with humour and sensitivity. The time he spent as a lay minister in Kwanlun Dunn Village on the outskirts of Whitehorse, YT, inspired his mission to paint social statement pieces based on his experiences. Since 1984, he has exhibited his works in over forty venues. The most important work from this period was the series entitled A Requiem for Our Children that described existence within the Residential School system in Canada.
He has been included in group exhibitions at the Walter Philips Gallery (2007, Banff, AB), the Smithsonian Institute for the American Indian, (2000, New York, NY) and the Royal Museum of Art and History (1999-2000, Brussels, Belgium). He has had solo exhibitions at Bearclaw Gallery (2003, Edmonton, AB); Dalhousie Gallery (1998, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS) and the Yukon Arts Centre (1997, Whitehorse, YT).
In 1988, Logan moved to Prince George, BC to devote his time exclusively to his art.
Want to see this artwork in person? You can! It’s part of the This Art Makes Me Feel 2.0 exhibition at the McMullen Gallery located in the University of Alberta Hospital. It closes Sunday, December 1.
This exhibition is part of the Friends of University Hospitals’ ongoing engagement and research activities to understand the impact that art has on patients, staff, and visitors in the hospital environment.
Did you know: the World Health Organization studied the link between arts and health? You can read the report here.