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 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.
Photo: Strike a light by Chris Orr