Talking with Alberta Artists in 2017: Iconic Calgary Artist, Chris Cran

I have spent my year talking with Alberta Artists, as my 'Canadianisms' tour from Edmonton to Calgary. When presented with the opportunity to pay it forward with a BLOG post for ArtInCanada.com , I obliged. Over the past few weeks I have contacted 15 Alberta Artists and asked them to participate in a short interview designed to bring out another side of their persona. First up on my list of 15 is Calgary Artist, Chris Cran. Cran's work "investigates perception and illusion, and the viewer’s role in how images are formed...Widely exhibited across Canada and internationally recognized, Cran has become known for turning nothing into something, with the slightest push. Cran’s paintings, included in numerous Canadian collections, have to do with visual tricks, images that appear one way but have been made another way." He has been described in The New York Times as a painter who "…has built a career on tampering with people’s perceptions." For this interview, I put together a unique set of questions tailored to Cran and his exhibition, 'Save The Date' in his hometown of Salmon Arm, BC. In the interview Cran reveals his thoughts on his show at the National Gallery in Ottawa last year and much more...

Chris Cran 'Save The Date' at Salmon Arm Arts Centre

Chris Cran 'Save The Date' at Salmon Arm Arts Centre