by Chris Orr RA

As part of the Multiple Thoughts exhibition, this limited edition print by Chris Orr from his series The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists is on show in the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy from 27 April–10 September 2018.

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Artwork details

Artist Chris Orr RA
Medium Print
Colour Orange/Multicolour
Dimensions 76 x 56cm
Fabric & material Lithograph
Edition 50

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Artwork description

The limited edition print continues The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists series by Chris Orr, which to date includes around 28 unique works on paper. The artist’s eclectic range of subjects includes some of the great names from art history, including among others, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper and Jackson Pollock, all of whom he depicts using his own 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. In Orr’s own words, ‘Leonora Carrington imagined people as untamed beasts. As a student I read her short stories and shoved them to the back of my mind. I rediscovered them in 2017 and found that I had, unbeknown to myself, been using elements of them in my work for years.’

All proceeds from sales of this work go directly to support the non-profit-making areas of the Royal Academy, particularly the RA Schools.

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