Camas Logue is a multidisciplinary artist who belongs to the Klamath, Modoc, and Northern Paiute tribes. Logue is a weaver, carver, fine woodworker, painter, illustrator, printmaker, and musician whose work creates meaningful connections with land while confronting past and present colonial ramifications, utilizing Indigenous knowledge bases, and imagining ways of healing and building better futures for Indigenous communities in the 21st-century culture.
Logue’s study of landscapes incorporates natural materials and geologic pattern structures. For instance, his multilayered abstract landscape paintings involve a labor-intensive method of layering oils to conjure the processes of geological time, eroding and dissolving layers of minerals and pigments to reveal hidden distributary channels within separate layers of paint.
Logue lives with his family in the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in northwest Washington, where he works as an apprentice alongside his father-in-law, Swinomish elder and master carver Kevin Paul. Together, they work on community carving projects including pole carvings and show pieces. Additionally, Logue has been studying and teaching traditional northwest coast, Klamath, Modoc, and Northern Paiute weaving since 2014, drawing from both his teachers’ and his own traditions.
Logue’s prints and illustrations have been used for shirts, posters, stickers, murals, business signs, and vehicles. Logue’s work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, True Measure Gallery, Northwest Marine Ironworks, Erickson Gallery, Littman and White Gallery, and the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College, all located in Portland, Oregon; the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon; Optic Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon; Lux Art Center in La Conner, Washington; and Abrons Arts Center in New York City.
Alongside his traditional and studio art practices, Logue is also a professional musician, playing drums and guitar in the band Black Belt Eagle Scout, which is led by his wife, Katherine “KP” Paul.
Whether working in wood, pigment, sound or roots, Logue’s work invites audiences to see not through capitalist colonial eyes, where land and resources are exploited for profit, but from an Indigenous perspective in which land is our relative and must be taken care of and respected.