Elissa Cristall Gallery, Contemporary Art, Vancouver, BC Canada



Christopher Friesen is a painter, community advocate and an educator. Friesen lives in Langley, British Columbia. Friesen was born in Chilliwack, British Columbia. His work has been shown extensively throughout Western Canada in public and commercial galleries. Friesen has work in international public, private and corporate collections. His teaching focuses on painting, drawing and different modes of cultural discourse ranging from specific formal painting concerns to community engagement through mural projects. Friesen is an Associate Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in the Visual Arts Department. Prior to UFV, He worked as a sessional instructor at the University of Regina. Friesen is past president of the Abbotsford Arts Council as well as a past executive on the board of directors for the Friends of Public Art in Abbotsford. He is a former advisor on the Arts and Heritage Advisory Committee to the City of Abbotsford. Friesen has been involved in bringing numerous artists in to the community of Abbotsford to present their research. He has been on juries for public art proposals to the City of Abbotsford as well as a juror, founder and committee member of the Fraser Valley Regional Biennale 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge and his Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Regina.