The technical execution of these Chris Crites portraits is phenomenal. Whether he’s rendering faces with text or with eclectic paint palettes, the realism exuded in each image is near photo quality. But Crites’ work isn’t just noteworthy for the talent involved in producing each piece.
For instance, viewers should know that the subjects in these Chris Crites portraits are all criminals, charged anywhere from petty thief to larceny and murder. Crites’ work humanizes the individuals in each picture, most of whom society has relegated to their crimes or mistakes. Viewers may not want to empathize with these people, but without prior knowledge of their past, Crites’ impressive art makes it nearly impossible not to connect with the subjects.
Did I forget to mention Crites uses paper bags as his canvases? Painting portraits on a throwaway material symbolically represents how society views criminals as throwaway citizens.