The bits Constable left out, 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.
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|Artist||Chris Orr RA|
|Dimensions||60 x 39cm|
|Fabric & material||Watercolour/ Paper|
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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.’
‘My work from Constable’s The Hay Wain, 1821, under the title The bits Constable left out, plays with the idea of the artist as both subversive and reactionary. My Constable has a blank canvas in front of him. Willy Lott’s house is for sale, the backyard shows signs of occupation by Travellers, and Native Americans are coming downriver. Like all of my Miserable artists, Constable is struggling with making something that signifies his experience.’
Chris Orr, 2018
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