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portrait of Logan

Photograph courtesy of the artist.

David George Logan

Logan has always had an interest in things that work and how things work. As a child he had a collection of tuna fish can keys that were considered his prized possession. To this day Logan is a collector of tools, devices and small objects that he thinks are simply beautiful. Logan's first introduction to metals occurred during high school. His art teacher, Ray Edwards, took jewelry classes in college under the study of Arthur Vierthaler. There are many individuals that have influenced Logan. In a direct sense those individuals are Arthur Vierthaler at University of Wisconsin, Madison and Robert Von Neumann (who had been a student of Vierthaler), at the University of Illinois. Both of these men were his teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Other important influences, although less direct, of Logan's were his teachers outside of the metals discipline. A painting teacher was honest, a printmaking teacher made aesthetic matters make more sense to a young student and a drawing teacher who clarified the distinction between art that is about reality and art that is reality. Two garage owners, for whom Logan worked off and on as a mechanic, taught Logan the importance of careful craftsmanship (in mechanical work) and about human relations (with the owners of the affected machines). Logan's family members have also been a tremendous influence. His parents made art a big part of growing up and his wife has been supportive and a valuable critic.

Logan believes all of his life experiences have influenced him in one way or another. Logan believes that living mostly in an urban setting and in a tiny farming community throughout childhood provided him with a balanced view of how people's lives effect their thinking, their beliefs, and their aesthetic preferences. Logan has traveled through Europe. This experience was very valuable, perhaps more to his teaching than his metalwork. Moving to the Tennessee has also been a terrific experience for Logan. It helped him gain valuable perspective on the extent to which one's environment influences how one sees and designs.

Logan has taught jewelry and metalsmithing at several different schools and has exhibited throughout the United States.