Christopher Orr

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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).


  • MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London, UK


  • BA Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, UK


  • Born in Helensburgh, UK
 Lives and works in London, UK

Solo Exhibitions


  • Christopher Orr solo show, Taipei Dangdai 2020, HdM GALLERY, Taipei


  • Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK


  • Light Shining Darkly, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, CH

  • Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, IT


  • Cleiking the Deil, Ibid, London, UK

  • Colnaghi, London, UK

  • Nomas Foundation, Rome, IT


  • Hauser and Wirth, Zurich, CH

  • ArtSway, Hampshire, UK (exh. cat.)


  • IBID PROJECTS (Hoxton Sq), London, UK


  • Nyehaus, New York, USA (exh. cat.)


  • Christopher Orr, Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Zurich, CH

  • Elsewhere Begins Here, IBID PROJECTS, London, UK


  • Sister, Los Angeles, US

  • Before and After Science, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, DE (exh. cat.)


  • Of Both Worlds, IBID PROJECTS, London, UK (exh. cat.)


  • Future Natural, Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York, US

  • In Between Days, IBID PROJECTS, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • This Muddy Eden:Hannah brown & Christopher Orr, Broadway, London, UK


  • Xie Lei X Christopher Orr, HdM GALLERY, London, UK


  • The Times They Are A-Changin', BASTIAN, Berlin

  • Night Realms, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh


  • focus (3-6), Ibid Gallery, London, UK

  • The Cassini Cruise IV, The Ridder, Maastricht, NL


  • Another Ghost, Gallery 100, Taipei


  • Between the Late and Early, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, UK


  • ArtSway at the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT

  • The Fire Part of Fire, The Outbye Gallery, Fife, UK


  • No New Thing Under The Sun, Royal Academy, London, UK

  • BigMinis, CAPC, x FR

  • memories of the future (curated by Laurent Grasso), Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US


  • The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, US

  • Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, FR

  • The Cassini Cruise, Appr, Maastricht, NL


  • Salon, The Cartin Collection at Ars Libri, Boston, US

  • Group Show, IBID PROJECTS (Hoxton Sq), London, UK


  • Old School, Hauser & Wirth Colnaghi, London, UK

  • Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative (curated by Jens Hoffman), Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK


  • Where The Wild Things Are, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK

  • Girlpower and Boyhood, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, DK; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

  • Big Pictures, Small Pictures, White Sculpture, The Cartin Collection, Hartford, US

  • An Exhibition of Works About Surveillance and Terrorism, The Cartin Collection, Hartford, US

  • Don Quijote, Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL

  • Tate Triennial 2006 (curated by Beatrix Ruf), Tate Britain, London, UK (exh. cat.)


  • London in Zurich (curated by Gregor Muir), Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, CH (exh. cat.)

  • Fabriques du Sublime (Makings of the Sublime), (curated by Marianne Lanavère), La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre, Noisy-le-Sec, FR

  • ( ... ) The Duck Was Still Alive, Centre d’art Contemporain, Meymac, FR

  • Ideal Worlds:Romanticism in Contemporary Art (curated by Max Hollein and Martina Weinhart), Schirn

  • Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, DE (exh. cat.)

  • Faltering Flame (curated by David Thorpe), Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK


  • Kingdome (curated by Patricia Ellis), Market Gallery, Glasgow, UK

  • Life of a Commercial Gallery, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, UK

  • Bungle In The Jungle, Sister Gallery, Los Angeles, US

  • Expander, Royal Academy, London, UK (exh. cat.)

  • Concert in the Egg, The Ship, London, UK


  • The Moment of Fiction, Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee, Dundee, UK

  • I Want! I Want!, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (exh. cat.)

  • Hide & Seek or Hidden Agenda, ACME, Los Angeles, US

  • Into the Grey, Cover Up, London, UK

  • The Show:One, Royal College of Art, London, UK


  • Steam In His Soul, IBID PROJECTS, Vilnius, LT

  • The Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK


  • They Had Four Years, Generator Project Space, Dundee, UK

  • Diversion, Arch 295, London, UK

  • Scottish Society of Artists Annual Show, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

  • Accelerated Learning, Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College, Dundee, UK