Fair Market Value $6,000
Chris Cran is a painter living and working in Calgary, Alberta. Born in Ocean Falls, British Columbia, Cran studied art at the Kooteny School of Art in Nelson, British Columbia in 1976 and graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1979, where he currently teaches.
Cran’s paintings exhibit a long-standing interest in the relationship between representation and abstraction, as well as photography and painting. His signature pop-style works call the viewer into the role of dynamic interpreter, playfully drawing the viewer in and often returning theviewer’s gaze with animated expressions.
Cran is the recipient of numerous Canada Council and Alberta Culture grants, and many awards. His work can be found in private and public collections across Canada including the National Gallery of Canada, Glenbow Museum, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, to name a few. His work was included in the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art titled THE NEWS FROM HERE at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
Chris Cran’s work is the subject of a major survey titled: Chris Cran: Sincerely Yours that was shown at the Art Gallery of Alberta in the fall of 2015 and that opens at that National Gallery of Canada on May 19, 2016. Led by the National Gallery of Canada’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Josée Drouin-Brisebois and working in partnership with both Catherine Crowston, Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Alberta, and Ryan Doherty, Director of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the exhibition present numerous aspects of the artist’s oeuvre over the course of several decades.
Donated by the artist