Chris Crites: Bag Paintings

Hopvine Pub presents

Bag Paintings
by Chris Crites

February 4, 2018 —March 4, 2018
Artist Reception: February 15, 7pm

Hopvine Pub, Capitol Hill, 507 15th Avenue East, Seattle

Questions/Contact Information: Scott Martin 206-898-5460,
Hopvine 206-328-3120; email:,
Chris Crites:

For over 18 years, Chris Crites has used the brown paper bag as his canvas to examine criminal portraits from the past as well as crime scenes and accidents from history. Crites painted his first four mug shots in acrylic on paper bag in 1999. Seriously focusing on the subject matter of arrest photographs since 2002, he has developed and refined his brightly-colored, limited palette style. Adding crimes scenes, accidents, commissioned portraiture, mushroom clouds, nudes and firearms to his body of work, Crites has shown and been published across the United States and Europe. This includes six paintings in a six month group show at the Hallé St. Pierre Museum in Paris, France, in 2015. His artwork is represented in San Francisco by Jack Fischer Gallery. He is also an independent curator and lives in Seattle with his wife and cats. Check out his work at

Co-sponsored by Raven Chronicles. Curated by Les Morely. Thanks to 4culture/King County lodging tax, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and ArtsWA/Washington State Arts Commission with NEA funding, for partial funding of our 2017-18 programs.

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