Christopher Orr, ‘Nothing Will Be As It Was’, 2004, Ibid Gallery

About Christopher Orr

There lies a marked contrast between the intimacy of Christopher Orr’s compact oil paintings and the vastness of the scenes they depict: deep oceans, expansive skies, and formidable forests. Executed in broad-yet-precise brushstrokes, Orr’s works evoke the sublime worlds of J.M.W. Turner and Caspar David Friedrich. Moreover, the diminutive figures, based on magazine shoots from the 1950s and ’60s who populate these sweeping landscapes, seem out of place, as do the oversized shrubbery or animals that often appear. Through Orr’s earthy palette and technique of juxtaposing areas of dry, scraped-back pigment “with richer, fresher looking passages conjures a dramatic lost world,” as described by critic Michael Wilson, his romantic renderings are decidedly “post-modern” in their approach of deconstructing and merging various art historical styles into surrealistic compositions.

British, b. 1967

Group Shows

2018
2014
Taipei,
Another Ghost

Fair History on Artsy

2016
Ibid. at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016
2014
Ibid. at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014
2013
IBID PROJECTS at Art Basel Hong Kong 2013