Christopher Orr was born in Helensburgh in 1967, he graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s degree in 2000, then studied at the Royal College of Art and received a master's degree in 2013.
Orr’s works pay tribute to classical painting whilst twisting their familiar aspect and presupposed role. Christopher Orr preserves the transcendental quality of nature whilst often deftly contrasting it with the banal and mundane depictions of human figures. Meanwhile, in his still life paintings, still lives are lent an uncanny aspect by the presence of seemingly useless items.
Christopher Orr’s works have been exhibited widely, including in a solo show at the Kunsthaus Baselland in 2013. Notable group exhibitions include “No New Things Under the Sun” at the Royal Academy (London U.K., 2010), Tate Triennial 2006, “(...) The Duck Was Still Alive” at CAC Meymac (France, 2005) and “Ideal Worlds” at Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt Germany, 2005).