LandEscape Art Review, Special Edition

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LandEscape meets

Gary Logan Through rich textures, vivid colors, and dramatic contrast, Trinidadian American artist Gary Logan explores our unique relationship with the 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 Chinese Taoist period painters, he draws from the elements and symbolic content of fire, earth, wood, water, and metal. And, like Romantic painters of the nineteenth century, he paints to evoke a sense of the sublime – expressing mystery, raw emotion, and awe. 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 African 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.”

An interview by Josh Ryder, curator and Melissa C. Hilborn, curator

our readers to visit in order to get a wide idea about your artistic production, and we would start this interview with a couple of questions about your

Hello Gary and welcome to LandEscape. Before starting to elaborate about your artistic production and we would like to invite

background. You have a solid formal training and after having earned your Bachelor of Fine Arts, you nurtured your education with a