AGA Presents the Art of Calgarian Chris Cran


The Art Gallery of Alberta celebrates acclaimed Alberta artist Chris Cran’s three decade-long career with a major survey exhibition

September 12, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Edmonton, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) presents CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours, from September 12, 2015 through January 3, 2016. Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada as part of the NGC@AGA exhibition series, it features the work of Chris Cran, one of the most influential Alberta artists working today, and one of Canada’s preeminent painters of the last few decades. CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours is the most comprehensive examination of Cran’s practice mounted to date and includes over 100 works surveying his artistic production over the last 30 years.

Chris CranChris Cran is known for his experimentation with traditional genres of painting, bringing his own unique perspective to still-life, portraiture, landscape and abstraction. His work challenges the traditional medium of painting to explore and question other forms of representation, including photography and printed media.

Working within the familiar terrain of well-known artistic movements and styles such as Pop Art, Photorealism, Op Art and abstraction, Cran challenges the viewer’s understanding and experience of them by playfully combining tradition with borrowed scenes from popular culture, including images from cartoons, advertising, magazine illustrations and newspapers. His recent work is a culmination of the tropes and techniques he has developed over his thirty year career, and at this stage in his practice, his work still defies expectations, while exploring perception and challenging out understanding of painting.

An award-winning and celebrated artist, Cran’s work can be found in major public and private collections in Canada and internationally.

Chris Cran will give an artist talk in conversation with friend and actor Bruce McCulloch on Friday, September 11 at 6:30 pm.

Catherine Crowston (AGA Executive Director / Chief Curator) and Josée Drouin-Brisebois (Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada) are the curators ofCHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours, which is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada as part of the NGC@AGA exhibition series. The exhibition will be on view at the National Gallery of Canada as of May 12, 2016 throughout the summer and will include additional works drawn from the Southern Alberta Art Gallery’s exhibition Inherent Virtue, on view from September 25 to November 22, 2015 in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Presented by Enbridge with the support of the following Artist Patrons: Margo J. Helper and Gregory J. Forrest, Carol Ryder




About Chris Cran

Chris Cran is a senior Canadian artist who currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. He studied at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, B.C., and graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 1979. Cran has influenced and mentored a generation of artists studying at the Alberta College of Art + Design, where he still teaches.


Art Gallery of AlbertaThe Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

About the NGC@ partnerships

The NGC@  program is a special partnership between the National Gallery of Canada and museums across the country. This ongoing initiative gives Canadians an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate works from the national collection in their own region. The NGC@ partners are the Art Gallery of Alberta, in Edmonton, the MoCCA, in Toronto, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

About the National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of CanadaThe National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit