01 Jan Hagege, Logan Maxwell
Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 14th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from some of the country’s biggest names in Western art. Meet Quest for the West® artist Logan Maxwell Hagege.
Logan Maxwell Hagege
Born 1980 in Los Angeles, California; lives in Los Angeles, California
LOGAN MAXWELL HAGEGE (pronounced Ah-jejj) is a Los Angeles based contemporary artist with modern visions of the west. Hagege’s paintings exhibit hallmarks of his classical art training from an academy in Southern California, a modern-day atelier, in which students refined their skills by drawing and painting live models every day for years. Yet, it is in the departures from strict realism where his work now draws its strength and where his vision is fed by a heady mix of nature and imagination. A power born of observation, recollection and creative inspiration imbue Hagege images of the American Southwest. He is arguably one of the most adept artistic narrators telling and re-telling a modern story of a hauntingly beautiful desert land. Hagege’s mature style, which he terms “stylized realism,” has made him a master of geometric design where angles and edges are softened by the curve of billowing clouds. His signature clouds often mimic the shapes of the blanketed figures in the foreground, creating visual roadmaps for the viewers, further adding to the design, and narrative of each composition.
What is seen in Hagege’s paintings are the elements of a region and its inhabitants that may go all but unnoticed by the casual observer. His mastery of light is faithful to colors and shapes that exist in nature but whose forms and hues have been stripped to their essence to reveal and to celebrate their complexity. The artist is directed by an inner voice that speaks of a kind of artistic alchemy in which the purity and perfection of nature can be referenced – in paint – for an eternity. There is no mistaking an Hagege image, just as there is no equivalent for the emotion it can evoke.
“It’s my vision of the world; that’s where it starts and that’s where it ends,” he says. An inventive yet disciplined artist, Hagege is an accomplished musician, former competitive surfer, a husband and a father. Today, Hagege travels extensively to cultivate inspiration and to deepen his relationship with his subjects and with the culture of the land. He produces field studies on location near a home in remote northern Arizona where the landscape – in the form of red cliffs, towering clouds and cerulean sky – is among his guides. Those works inform the pieces he later creates in his studio in Southern California. Hagege’s works are part of the permanent collections of many institutions including: the Autry Museum of the American West, Booth Western Art Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of Native Americans and Western Art, James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Scottsdale Museum of the West.
Notable Awards and Achievements
2018 Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Patrons’ Choice Award
2017 Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Thomas Moran Memorial Award, Best in Show
2016 Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Spirit of the West Award
2015 Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Gene Autry Memorial Award (also 2014)
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
2014 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American Western Art and Architecture Award of excellence
2013 Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Montgomery Frames Award
Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Artists’ Choice Award
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
John B. Strong Fine Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona