Chris Cran graduated in 1979 from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. The recipient of numerous Canada Council grants, Cran has exhibited internationally at the 49th Parallel Gallery, New York City (1992) and in the Fourth International Painting Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador (1994). In the Fall 2003 issue of Canadian Art magazine, critic Nancy Tousley described Cran’s rise to the top of the Canadian painting scene, focusing on the conceptual framework of his attraction to popular culture and kitsch.
In addition to his professional activities as a painter and teacher (ACAD), Cran has been actively involved with Calgary’s internationally recognized One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre. Cran’s work may be found in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Glenbow Museum and The Mackenzie Art Gallery. Cran is represented by TrépanierBaer Gallery in Calgary and Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto.