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Alan Rohan Crite is a Bostonian, a graduate of the public schools and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. He took evening
courses for fourteen years, principally in the natural sciences, and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard
University's Extension Division in 1968. Primarily an artist of religious works, (many of which are in museums and private
collections), Crite has done murals and Stations of the Cross for churches, has written and illustrated three books on
religious themes, lectured on liturgical art at universities and churches, and exhibited both here and abroad.
Crite's oils and graphics, even when restricted to black and white, are bright in tonality, fine and varied in line,
extremely rhythmic, dramatic in movement, and often patterned. They have an amusing element of folklore that is used to
great advantage. Some of the flat, elongated drawing recalls early Gothic art. In his own words, he follows "the ancient
tradition of Christian art, in showing the holy events of the Life of Our Lord in contemporary terms," in the lives of
black people, in their deep religious feeling, and in his own spirituality. He has created a modern form of liturgical
art that is an affirmation of faith.