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Patricia Richardson Logie, a prominent British Columbian and Canadian artist, passed away on May 24, 2011. This online exhibition is dedicated to her memory.

Patricia Winifred Logie, known professionally as Patricia Richardson Logie, was born in 1925. She exhibited extensively in major cities and her works have been displayed and featured in collections in Canada, the US, the UK and Japan.

Born in Ontario, Logie studied at the St. John Cass College in London, England under the tutelage of English artists Paul Wyeth, William Dring and Paul Drury. Upon her return to Canada in 1943, she settled in Vancouver where she continued to practice her art as well as enrich the artistic community. She was a founding member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists and a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. During the 1970s, Richardson Logie taught art at UBC Continuing Studies.

The Chronicles of Pride collection is the highlight of Logie's career, and took nearly a decade to complete. She began painting Chronicles of Pride in 1982, after becoming frustrated with First Nations imagery that she viewed as clichéd. "I think it really stems from my father's attitude — that everybody is worthwhile," says Richardson. The complete collection was exhibited at the UBC Museum of Anthropology and over 14 locations in British Columbia in 1986.

In the introduction to her book, The Chronicles of Pride, published in 1990, she asked that each reader view the portraits and remember that "anyone can accomplish and make a contribution," stressing that each of us is "special whatever our heritage."

Logie donated the complete collection to UBC Library in 2009. "I've waited for years to have them appreciated," said Logie, who lived on the Sunshine Coast with her husband Bob. "It's a thrill for me to see them at UBC, as you can well imagine."

"Patricia brought her skill, her medium and her careful thought to a genre of painting that had often memorialized the most privileged members of society...She used it to bring a kind of visibility and attention to Aboriginal people who were her contemporaries, but often not yet at the points of public visibility that some had in their later roles."

— Linc Kesler, Director of the First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to UBC President Stephen Toope on Aboriginal Affairs

The Chronicles of Pride Collection is part of a project begun by the artist in 1982. For three years, Patricia Richardson Logie sought out and interviewed Aboriginal individuals who then became the subject of her paintings. These individuals were of different ages, gender and educational and professional backgrounds. They came from all walks of life and from a variety of Canadian Aboriginal communities. The project was completed in 1991, and resulted in 31 oil and pastel portraits.

UBC Library acquired The Chronicles of Pride Collection in 2009. The paintings feature portrait studies of contemporary Canadian First Nations and Métis individuals, celebrating their accomplishments and their selfhood. The works include portraits of actress Margo Kane, Judge Alfred Scow, singer, dancer and storyteller Dorothy Francis, the Honourable Leonard Marchand, P.C. and the late Chief James Gosnell.

The collection is featured in its entirety in this online exhibition. A selection of portraits are on display in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, on the second floor. (For directions, see Wayfinding at UBC).

Logie's paintings are featured in her book, The Chronicles of Pride, which is available at UBC's Xwi7Xwa Library.

The entire collection was on display at a two-week exhibit held March 8 to March 26, 2010 in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre gallery.The photos below capture some of the highlights of the exhibit.

Exhibit flyer, March 2010.

To view the gallery layout and portrait subjects, click here.

The collection is featured in its entirety in this online exhibition.

A selection of portraits is on display on Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

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