Bio

Selected Shows, Awards & Publications

2019

Arts & Living Section Cover Story, Salt Lake Tribune, Sunday, November 17, 2019 issue, Salt Lake City, UT

Second Place Award, Park City Nursery Plein Air Paint Out, Park City, UT

About Locals, Gallery MAR, Park City, UT

95th Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT

An Unhurried Path, Southwest Art Magazine, May 2019 issue, 6-page feature

Cristall Harper | An Unhurried Path

2018

New Work at the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, WY

Affirmations, Gallery MAR, Park City, UT

“Summer Swim” published on the back cover of American Art Collector, July 2018 issue

Solo Show, Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, WY

30th Annual Art & Soup Celebration, Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT

2017

Familiarity, Gallery MAR, Park City, UT

Seasons Art Salon, Ashton Gardens,  Lehi, UT

29th Annual Art & Soup Celebration, Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT

The Great Gala, St. Mark’s School, Salt Lake City, UT

Cristall Harper’s paintings are influenced by the colorful stained glass she admired as a youngster. She learned from the facets’ placements how shapes could look realistic. One critic said of her work: “Your style is wonderful. Your personal version of abstraction is so beautifully rooted in reality.” She paints either alla prima (all at once, wet oil paint on wet oil paint) or she builds up transparent acrylic layers finished with oil paints.

Her dog paintings are a consistent favorite with collectors. Harper had a yellow lab named Buttercup who passed away in 2016 that epitomized loyalty and friendship. Harper started painting Buttercup as a pup and these pieces inspired a whole new dimension of her career. She loves painting these furry angels of comfort and joy. 

Harper inherited her love of flowers from her parents. Her unique brushwork and compositions turn fragile blooms into boldly feminine art. Harper hears this again and again at shows from people looking at her art: there they feel a strength and determination.

Harper’s ancestry comes from the Adriatic Sea and she feels a spiritual connection with seascapes. To her, the beach is a healing metaphor: stormy waters become still, dependable lunar tides cycle in and out, and the vastness does not diminish the importance of one viewer on the shore.

Cristall Harper graduated in 2002 from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Painting. Her studio is in American Fork, Utah where she lives with her husband and rascally chickens. She is represented by Gallery 330 in Fredericksburg, TX and Astoria Fine Art in Jackson, WY as well as Gallery MAR in Carmel, CA and Park City, UT. Her work is collected and enjoyed nationally.