Artist Logan Ledford is full of contradictions. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she is a gracious and charming southern belle with unmatched etiquette and the kind of quiet mystique that fills a room. Simultaneously, she is sprightly, edgy, and adventurous. Logan is natural and glamorous, messy and polished, uncomplicated and embellished. Logan's artwork, as a result, is a representation of the beautiful contradictions she embodies, which is why it resonates broadly, yet feels incredibly personal to her fans, followers, and collectors.
Logan graduated from Louisiana State University in 2009 with a degree in Interior Design before relocating to New Orleans. Her sharp eye for design and keen sense of color led to a successful stint as a graphic designer before she developed her signature "spot" concept in 2014, and her career as a visual artist took off. Like many others, I discovered Logan on Instagram. Her work is perfect for the platform – her playful shapes and whimsical pigments lure you in until you are convinced that a wall adorned with a Logan original is far superior to a wall without. I am what New Orleanians lovingly refer to as a "transplant" (I moved here from Baltimore, but anyone who wasn't born in New Orleans gets the moniker). To me, Logan's work was everything I loved about the South: vibrant, exciting, fun. I'm now a proud collector and friend.
In CENTURY: A Review in Color of the 20th Century Home, Logan delves further into her love for Interior Design, amplified by a tasteful, strategic use of color. After months of careful research, Logan has employed her signature techniques to communicate exterior and interior shades found in the 20th century home, with palettes ranging from a 1920s Craftsman exterior, to a 1940s sitting room, a 1950s dining room, a 1980s bathroom, and so on. Now on view at the Dimmitt Contemporary Art gallery in Houston, CENTURY evokes feelings of nostalgia and while presenting opportunity for discovery, the kind of contradictory experience that we have come to expect, and love, of Logan Ledford.
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New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans-based artist Logan Ledford is known for her minimalist approach and unapologetic use of color when it comes to her compositions. Her work embodies a sense of chaos of constant changing tides that pull into a whirlwind of ambitious ideation. In contrast, the need to organize and control overwhelms these ever changing tides. Ultimately, Ledford’s work is a reflection of the artist, herself. Her work reveals these contrasting emotions in their sporadic color and organic form with grid-like or centered circle compositions.
Logan Ledford's work is heavily influenced by her background in interior and graphic design. Her signature "spot" artwork was meticulously developed over time starting in 2014. When starting on a new piece, a grid layout is measured and marked in pencil first. Then, each spot is hand painted using various acrylic paint mediums along with brushes, spoons and sheets of plastic to apply the paint to the canvas surface according to the grid marks. It is a repetitive process that continues until the entire grid is complete. The grid layout helps organize the color and texture of the spot so the eye can easily wander throughout the artwork. The overall concept and process is based upon graphic design elements, color theory and the repetitiveness of daily routines.
Ledford was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and received her Bachelor of Interior Design from Louisiana State University in 2009. In 2015, she studied under Anne Cicero at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Ledford also has a background in graphic design working at an advertising agency for 5 years. Alongside pursuing a career as an artist, she also works in the film industry as a graphic designer. Ledford’s work has been exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Art and galleries across the United States. Her work has been reviewed by Garden and Gun, LSU Art and Design College Press, The Washington Post and the Boston Globe. Ledford lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana.