I create original works of art that unfold to the viewer,

revealing your story layer by layer as they move and interact with the piece

Kris Friesen

Everybody has a story. Let me paint yours.

My art is transformative and has the power to alter perceptions on so many levels. It can transform the client, the viewer, the physical space, or, if I'm really fortunate, all three.

It transcends culture, age, and gender. I strive to produce strong art that can be appreciated by all and doesn't require an elaborate explanation.

Human interaction is at the core of my work. When a painting accurately reflects the intended sentiment, and I get to witness the community interacting with my representation, it is one of the most rewarding aspects of my "job."

My Projects

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Natural Harmony School Mural

Educational Murals

A most rewarding challenge; inspiring students with nature. The northern lights illuminate the entire mural, starting with a boreal forest, moving to a steamy jungle and finally a coral reef. It was important to subtly show people interacting with nature as I wanted to encourage students to experience the wilds. ...

Whale Paintings

Natural History Artworks

From humpbacks to finn whales to orcas to blue whales, creating an artwork about whales remains one of the simplest and most complex subjects I've ever painted. Whales where the first subject I ever drew as a child and continue to be my favourite artworks today. I've only seen one ...

50 Years and Counting: Edmonton Mural

Narrative Artworks

This mural , 50 Years and Counting, depicts the 50th anniversary of the Mustang and a tribute to Edmonton’s last 50 years. As my client Empire Collision celebrated their 50th anniversary they wanted their story painted as community support; the triumphs, aspirations, and successes of Edmonton.

Kingsway Community Event Mural

Community Event Murals

This was an amazing day with volunteers from the Kingsway district of Edmonton, including softball players, police, local business reps, and passers by. The mural was designed as an giant paint by numbers so that anyone could help paint, and did they ever! Normally projects unfold over over weeks and ...

Hope: Round Dance Mural

Cultural Murals

Hope Hunter was honoured with a Giants of Edmonton Mural celebrating her work with Boyle Street Community Services, which helps support those who need a hand breaking out of the cycle of homelessness and poverty with self empowerment. Hope is a mural inspired and influenced by First Nations people in ...

Urban Harmony School Mural

Educational Murals

Urban Harmony is the sister mural of Natural Harmony at the Aurora Charter School in Edmonton, Alberta. Teachers, parents, and myself, as the mural artist wanted to strike the imagination of students using technology, architecture, fantasy, and nature inspired by the southern hemisphere, where the sky has Aurora Australis, not ...

Kelp Patrol Ocean Mural

Natural History Artworks

This mural was a partnership between myself, Jane Molstad of the McCauley Revitalization Strategy, and representatives from longtime local business Lucki's Exercise Equipment. The designated mural wall had been constantly hit with graffiti over the years to the point where it was one of the most problematic locations in the ...

Sandy Lane Event Mural

Narrative Artworks

Sandy Lane Auto commissioned this contemporary mural to be painted live and celebrate the grand opening of their second store in Edmonton. The folks at Sandy Lane were open to an experimental artwork with their company name, so as a mural artist I jumped on the opportunity to push artistic ...

Wildlife on Land: Paintings

Natural History Artworks

This collection of wildlife paintings spans a couple genres, continents where I painted, and time periods. Several of these artworks were created during my artist's residency at Sachaqa Centro De Arte in San Roque de Cumbaza, Peru, where I was encouraged by myself, my hosts, and my artist contemporaries to ...

Wildlife at Sea: Paintings

Natural History Artworks

We are instinctively drawn to life in the sea, and part of my job as an artist is to help us become even more curious and attracted to it. Where I love helping people get into the ocean to see first hand the abundance of life in the sea, painting ...

Landscape Paintings

Natural History Artworks

The landscape painting is often the first genre most folks think of with art, and for good reason. An age old genre where artists portray the essence of nature, landscapes can show many different settings, such the ocean, jungles, mountains, rivers, beaches and forests. When I paint a landscape I ...

Concept Art

Concept Art

Conceptual art provides a visual actualization for a client's ideas. Whether creating architecture, advertisements, fantasy characters, or film sets, it's far easier and cheaper to see sketches of your ideas before investing in bringing them to life, and far easier to change a sketch than a building. Concept art will ...

Ariose: Edmonton Chinatown Mural

Cultural Murals

When I was hired as the mural artist for a giant artwork there was a lot to learn. I had a great cultural learning experience painting this mural on 97th street in the heart of Edmonton's Chinatown. It's titled Ariose after the harmony that the property owners were seeking to ...

The Famous Five Mural

Narrative Artworks

This mural was part of the Giants of Edmonton; a partnership between Capital City Clean Up, Ched Radio, and the public where radio listeners recommend and vote on-line for outstanding Edmonton people, places, or things as subjects for the murals. The Famous 5: Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Emily Murphy, ...

Bridge to the Wall: Chinatown Mural

Cultural Murals

As a Canadian mural artist one of the challenges I most enjoy is the unpredictability of subjects clients might ask for. This mural project in Edmonton's Chinatown was a beautiful example of the diversity my clients lead me towards, in this case learning about Chinese culture in Edmonton and having ...

Beverly Beginnings Mural

Narrative Artworks

This mural is about the beginnings of the town of Beverly in Edmonton; their growing, their evolution, and celebrating their 100th anniversary. The neighbourhood's history becomes alive in a giant snapshot of the past, showing what it would be like to be there back then. A bright palate was used ...

Battle of Vimy Ridge: WW1 Mural

Narrative Artworks

The Battle of Vimy Ridge has been called a defining moment for Canada, when the Canadian military demonstrated true independence from Britain and earned an effective and formidable reputation. After weeks of planning and training to capture the difficult German held position, in the early morning of April 9, 1917, ...

Koutouki Streetscape Mural

Narrative Artworks

In this Greek streetscape mural named Koutouki, my clients wanted to project a vision of a vibrant section of Athens, called Plaka, into the 124 street area of Edmonton. The idea was to create an artistic prophecy and inspiration of what the area could become, for all of the public ...

Oliver Past and Present: Neighbourhood Park Mural

Narrative Artworks

What if a building became an artwork of placemaking, one that brightly consecrates the variety and history of a community? That was the question I heard when the Oliver Community League hired me to paint a mural on a small building housing public washrooms and a community room located in ...

Alberta Industry Paintings

Narrative Artworks

When I was asked by ATB Financial to summarize industry in Alberta in artwork, I decided to show a variety of tradespeople at work in different fields and eras; from First Nation's peoples fishing to modern oil and gas plants. The painting is often used to inspire employees in training ...

The 7 Habits School Mural

Educational Murals

This mural began as an open call for artists to visually summarize the 7 habits in an educational context, and me having no idea what to do. After visiting the school and seeing the number of walls to be included I realized that the mural needed to have a consistent ...

Contact Me

I am available for freelance. Can't wait for the next exciting project! Could be yours?