Johanna Logan

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Johanna Logan, Scottish artist, graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1994, where she won the Sir Robin Philipson Memorial Award. Her works are in private collections worldwide, including India and the USA. She regularly exhibits in solo and group shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

Johanna Logan graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1994, where she won the Sir Robin Philipson Memorial Award. Her works are in private collections worldwide, including India and the USA. She regularly exhibits in solo and group shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

Logan’s portraits and nude studies revel in the depiction in oil paint of surface texture. The classic nude turns her back, becomes a collection of surfaces painted for their seductive effect: skin, silk, brocade. Dark tonalities and glowing chiaroscuro evoke the drama and sensuality of Velazquez and El Greco.

In Logan’s still-lifes, objects invite touch and closer scrutiny; they too have stories to tell as relics of a life. An empty dress evokes its previous owner and memories of childhood. Each object is imbued with its own personality. It is here that jouissance with the artwork takes place: what was initially an object symbolising the personal memories of the artist is defamiliarised through the intense scrutiny of the brushstroke, becoming a portrait of the objet d’art