Coney Island Ghosts, by Chris Orr RA

Coney Island Ghosts, by Chris Orr RA

Paper size: 41 x 30cm

Pencil on paper

Coney Island Ghosts, by Chris Orr RA


Coney Island Ghosts, by Chris Orr RA

This work, a preparatory drawing for Reginald Marsh - The Divine Comedy at Coney Island, is on show with The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists series by Chris Orr, exhibited in the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy of Arts from 2 February – 9 August 2018.

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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.’

‘In his paintings and etchings Reginald Marsh gave us a vision of a dystopian ‘utopia’ in Manhattan and on Coney Island Beach. The gothic idea comes to mind of the horror that delights whilst it saddens.’
Chris Orr, 2018

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  • Medium - Pencil on paper
  • Dimensions - Paper size: 41 x 30cm
  • Unique work

About Chris Orr RA


In 1959, Chris Orr RA began his studies at Ravensbourne College of Art, then after a year spent at Hornsey College of Art from 1963 – 64, he became a student at the Royal College of Art for three years, graduating in 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 College of Art from 1998 to 2008, and is now a Professor Emeritus.

He has had many solo shows in the UK, including at the Serpentine Gallery, the Whitechapel Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1976). Internationally, he has held solo shows at Galleria Grafica in Tokyo, Jay Street Gallery in New York and Print Guild in Melbourne. He has also exhibited regularly at the Jill George Gallery since 1978. His work is held in major public collections including Museum of London, the V&A, Tate Gallery, The British Museum and many more.

Orr was made a fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1985, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in 1988 and a Royal Academician in 1995. Since 2014, Orr has been an elected officer of the RA as Treasurer.