Brief Encounter, L.S Lowry meets Beryl Cook, by Chris Orr RA

by Chris Orr RA

This painting is part of The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists series by Chris Orr.

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Artwork details

Artist Chris Orr RA
Medium Painting
Colour Brown/Multicolour
Dimensions 60 x 39cm
Fabric & material Watercolour/ Paper
Unique work

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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.’ 

'Brief Encounter depicts ‘A chance meeting on a street corner between the Rent Collector and the Queen of Voluptuousness. […] I have always had a strong sense of opposites. So, who would I imagine L. S. Lowry meeting on a street corner? Certainly not Giacometti. My Picasso may fail to charm the women, but my Lowry gets a full-blown Beryl Cook. Not the flesh-and-blood Beryl, who in photographs looks nothing like her creations, but one of her larger-than-life imagined characters.’
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