Through dramatic lighting, atmospheric ambiguity, vivid colors, and rich textures, Trinidadian-American artist Gary Logan’s artwork explores our unique relationship with Earth and its natural elements. Logan finds visual and conceptual inspiration in two rich sources that utilize landscape as a means of exploring the human condition. From Taoism he draws principles of balance, order, movement, and creativity as well as their contrasting forces. And like Romantic painters of the nineteenth century, he paints to evoke a sense of the sublime, expressing mystery, grandeur, and raw emotion.
Logan describes his work as Neo-Romantic, situating himself in a line of artists who utilize various aspects of landscape painting to evoke powerful human emotions, spirituality, signs of human conflict or the complexity of the human condition. Logan notes, “At a time when we human beings are causing widespread environmental damage and confronting grave issues such as climate change, my work aims to be a creative catalyst that helps to remind us of our natural, emotional and spiritual bond with our planet.”
Logan’s work also uses landscape imagery as a means of navigating the complex terrain of identity and human nature. As an artist of Afro-Caribbean (Trinidadian) descent and as a gay man, various aspects of his racial/cultural heritage and sexuality are regularly interwoven into his images. These encompass fraught themes and psychological demons, but also embrace and celebrate Blackness, Gay identity, survival, healing and renewal. “My work,” he says, “is about the Earth and its elements, as much as it is about us—the human element.”
Gary Logan was born on the island of Trinidad in 1970 and was raised in the United States. He attended Boston University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Painting. During his time in Massachusetts, he also developed a career in education while initiating his artistic profession. He later relocated to New York and New Jersey, where he was employed as an art educator in various public schools. Logan subsequently lived in São Paulo, Brazil for three years; where he advanced his art career while exploring Brazil’s diverse landscape and culture. He currently resides in Miami, Florida and devotes his time to painting, teaching and directing a visual arts program at a school for the arts. Along with his individual and group exhibitions in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, São Paulo, and South Florida, his artwork has been highlighted in periodicals such as Bostonia Magazine, and the literary journals, Callaloo and Agni. In 1999, he was awarded The Phillip Guston Prize along with poet Eric McHenry for their artist collaboration featured in Agni.