Chris Orr RA (b. 1943)

Chris Orr 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, London and at the Royal College of Art, London. He was Professor of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art from 1998 to 2008, and is now a Professor Emeritus.

Chris Orr has had many solo shows in the UK, including the Serpentine Gallery, London, 1971, the Whitechapel Gallery, London and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 1976. International solo shows include Galleria Grafica, Tokyo, Japan, in 1980, Jay Street Gallery, New York, USA, in 1983 and Print Guild, Melbourne, Australia in 1987. He has exhibited regularly at the Jill George Gallery since 1978.

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. He received an MBE for services to the Arts in 2008. In 2013 the Royal Academy published Chris Orr: the Making of Things, about his life and work. Orr lives and works in London.


Royal Academician


Born: 1943 in London, England, United Kingdom

Nationality: British

Elected RA: 22 May 1995

Elected Senior RA: 1 October 2018

Treasurer: 12 March 2014 - 19 March 2018

Gender: Male

Preferred media: Printmaking

Works by Chris Orr in the RA Collection

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