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Chris Crites  Seattle, WA


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About Chris


Years ago I saw a book of black and white crime photographs from the past. I found it amazing. The characters and crime scenes looked like surreal glimpses into the history of human interaction. Much more intriguing for me were the mug shots. Portraits of people who had just been caught. Despair, frustration, anger ‘ so many expressions could be read on the faces. Each one of these images has a story. Often times I have no idea what the real story is, but it’s hard not to make one up. One of the reasons I paint them is to bring out another possible story, for people to look at and think about. The majority of the images I base my paintings on are from the 1890’s through 1950’s.

I try to bring new life to these practically discarded portraits of criminal and human history. Using an everyday, disposable item as the surface gives new life to the bag as well. It is my hope to get people thinking about the past, their present, and how we all affect both.


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exquisite work

@ kim c - Its unlikely that pistol will be fired...theres no hammer

wheres the props on this amazing work

the pistol has me transfixed, it's amazing, and spooky yet irresistable. I want to go back in time and spy on it beaing fired.

Woohoo! Chris rules. Great work buddy!

Hey, Cool! Congrats Chris. And I haven't seen either of these pieces before. they're fantastic.

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