Angelica Kauffman is barred from the Royal Academy Life Room, by Chris Orr RA

by Chris Orr RA

This painting by Chris Orr RA is part of his series The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists and is exhibited in the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy of Arts from 2 February – 9 August 2018. Please note that, if purchased, this unique framed work is available for collection only from the Royal Academy of Arts by appointment with the Art Sales team.
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Artwork details

Artist Chris Orr RA
Medium Painting
Colour Black/Multicolour
Dimensions 60 x 39cm
Fabric & material Watercolour/ Paper
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Artwork description

As part of the ongoing Academicians in Focus series, The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists exhibition presents around 28 new unique works on paper by Chris Orr RA. His eclectic range of subjects includes some of the great names from art history, such as John Constable, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Frida Kahlo, Edvard Munch, Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso, all of whom he depicts using a characteristically humorous visual language. With extraordinary attention to detail, Orr portrays each artist in a scenario that elaborates inventively around well known elements of their life and art.

‘Artists have a lonely job and success is often elusive,’ says Orr. ‘Life in the studio is not all it’s cracked up to be, but it is there that dross can be turned into gold. Each of my Miseries is subjected to the cliché and reputations that haunt them.’

‘The life room, where students draw from the nude model, has been central to art education since time immemorial. […] Angelica Kauffman was one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in 1768. However, it was considered inappropriate for women to take part in life classes. […] Who knew what might happen if men and women sat alongside each other looking at the naked human form? Since the fundamental training for being a successful painter at the time was study from life, female artists were at a grave disadvantage.’
Chris Orr, 2018

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About Chris Orr RA

Christopher Orr RA studied at Ravensbourne College of Art from 1959 to 1963, Hornsey College of Art from 1963 to 1964 and the Royal College of Art, London from 1964 to 1967. He went on to teach part-time at Cardiff College of Art, Central St Martins and at the Royal College of Art. He was Professor of Printmaking at the Royal... Go to artist page