If you’ve visited Artspace City Center (home of Art Access Gallery, Tanner Frames Gallery and uaf Gallery) you’ve probably seen the work of Blue Critchfield. For years his large paintings mixing realistically rendered figures with surreal elements and abstracted styles caused visitors to stare through the glass walls of his studio when he wasn’t there and stop in for an always intriguing discussion when he was. He and his artist wife, Erica Houston, have moved their studio to their new home, but they return this month to Artspace with an exhibit of works at Art Access Gallery (through October 10).
In this interview Blue talks about his early influences — including the geodesic dome house his father built — and the forces that lie beneath his unique art.
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