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Chris Cran

Chris Cran and Will artwork   Will artwork detailed closeup

John Will work "Anything, Everything"

“You may not be familiar with this, but John Will and I concocted a rivalry in 2000 for the purpose of fun in the press and we have carried it on to this day. There is mention of it in this article from Galleries West. So from my perspective, I can’t break the ongoing drama that we enjoy backstage by making a statement about what I like about the work (even if I do . . . and I do).”


Chris Cran is a senior Canadian artist who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. He studied at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, British Columbia and graduated from the Alberta College of Art in Design (ACAD) in 1979. Widely exhibited and internationally recognized as one of Canada’s preeminent painters, Cran has become known for pushing the boundaries of his medium through experimentations of still-life, portraiture, landscape and abstraction. Cran’s work may be found in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Glenbow Museum, the Nickle Arts Museum, and the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA). In 2015, the AGA and the National Gallery of Canada proudly co-organized the most comprehensive examination of Cran’s work to date in an exhibition titled CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours, featuring 100 works that reflected 30 years of Cran’s artistic practice.



Image credit:

John Will
Anything and Everything, 1991
Mixed media on canvas
Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, gift of the artist

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