Chris Orr RA

Born in London, 1943, Chris Orr studied at the Royal College of Art between 1964-1967 and was elected a Royal Academician in 1995.  He was the Professor of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art between 1998 – 2008, being awarded an MBE and made Professor Emeritus in 2008.

Chris Orr has had numerous exhibitions throughout the world and he shows annually at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the London Original Print Fair.

His work is in public collections including; The Arts Council of England, The British Council, The British Museum, The Government Art Collection, The Palace of Westminster Collection, The Ruskin Library at Lancaster University, The Queens Collection, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Science Museum, Tate Britain, and Victorian and Albert Museum.

Chris Orr is a narrative artist whose work ranges across a variety of subjects and ideas which include his speculations about the myths and lives of people such as John Ruskin, Albrecht Dürer, William Blake and Kurt Schwitters, to a fascination with the physical and social nature of the modern city.

The most recent work often derives from painting and drawing on location.

His work is packed with detail and rewards the viewer with interesting surprises.

He is a natural anarchist and shows no compunction in putting a cricket bat into both Dürer‘s studio and Ruskin’s room.

Besides a powerful painterly preoccupation with the world as he sees it; he fits into an English and European tradition of graphic satire and commentary.

He engages with contemporary life and a sense of how the past has shaped us.

Those who collect his work, and there are many, talk of a life-long engagement with his world contained within the pictures.