Christopher Orr

Photo: Christopher Orr

Born in Helensburgh, Scotland, 1967

Royal College of Art, MA Painting, London, England, 2001 – 2003
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, BA Fine Art, Dundee, Scotland, 1996 – 2000

Lives and works in London, England


Born Helensburgh, Scotland, 1967


Royal College of Art, MA Painting, London, England, 2001 – 2003
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, BA Fine Art, Dundee, Scotland, 1996 – 2000

Solo Exhibitions

Talbot Rice Gallery, ‘The Beguiled Eye’, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Kunsthaus Baselland, ‘Light Shining Darkly’, Basel, Switzerland
Galleria Il Capricorno, ‘The Haunted Ebb’, Venice, Italy

Nomas Foundation, ‘A Painting Cycle’, Rome, Italy
IBID Projects, ‘Cleiking the Deil’, London, England
Karin Bellinger at Colnaghi, ‘Christopher Orr’, London, England

Hauser & Wirth Zürich, ‘Christopher Orr’, Zurich, Switzerland
ArtSway, ‘Christopher Orr’, Hampshire, England

IBID PROJECTS, ‘Strong to Heal’, London, England

Nyehaus, ‘Christopher Orr’, New York NY

Hauser & Wirth, ‘Christopher Orr’, Zurich, Switzerland
IBID PROJECTS, ‘Elsewhere Begins Here’, London, England

Sister, ‘Christopher Orr’, Los Angeles CA
Arndt & Partner, ‘Before and After Science’, Berlin, Germany

IBID PROJECTS, ‘Of Both Worlds’, London, England

Cohan Leslie and Browne, ‘Future Natural’, New York NY
IBID PROJECTS, ‘In Between Days’, London, England

Group Exhibitions

Marres, House for Contemporary Culture, ‘Adam, Eve & the Devil’, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Ibid., ‘TOWER’, London, England
Ibid., ‘Tree House Down’, Los Angeles CA

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, ‘Between the Late and Early’ Edinburgh, Scotland

54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Zenobio, ‘ArtSway’s New Forrest Pavilion’, Venice, Italy
Fife Gallery, ‘The Fire Part of Fire’, Pittenweem, Scotland
Fishmarket Gallery, ‘Tyranny of Grammar’, Northampton, England

Royal Academy of Arts, ‘No New Thing Under the Sun’, London, England
CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, ‘BIGMINIS. Fetishes of Crisis’, Bordeaux, France
Edinburgh Printmakers, ‘Prints of Darkness’, Edinburgh, Scotland
Sean Kelly Gallery, ‘memories of the future’, New York NY
Galerie Praz-Delavallade, ‘Order to see’, Paris, France

Royal College of Art Painting Department, ‘We’re Moving’, London, England
IBID PROJECTS, ‘Groupshow’, London, England
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Front Room, ‘Christopher Orr & J. Parker Valentine & Rezi van Lankveld’, St. Louis MO
Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France
Appr. – Ardi Poels Projects, ‘The Cassini Cruise’, Maastricht, Netherlands

The Cartin Collection at Ars Libri, ‘Salon’, Boston MA
IBID PROJECTS (Hoxton Square), ‘Groupshow’, London, England

Hauser & Wirth Colnaghi, ‘Old School’, London, England
Thomas Dane Gallery, ‘Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative’, London, England

Dundee Contemporary Arts, ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, Dundee, Scotland
Kunsthallen Brandts, ‘Girlpower and Boyhood’, Odense, Denmark (Travelling Exhibition)
Talbot Rice Gallery, ‘Girlpower and Boyhood’, Edinburgh, Scotland (Travelling Exhibition)
The Cartin Collection, ‘Classified’, Hartford OH
Witte de With, ‘Don Quijote’, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Tate Britain, ‘Tate Triennial 2006’, London, England

Kunstverein Ettlingen, ‘Wolfgang-Hartmann-Preis’, Ettlingen, Germany
Hauser & Wirth Zürich, ‘London in Zurich’, Zurich, Switzerland
La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre, ‘Fabriques du Sublime (Makings of the Sublime)’, Noisy-le-Sec, France
Centre d’art Contemporain, ‘( … ) The Duck Was Still Alive’, Meymac, France
Schirn Kunsthalle, ‘Ideal Worlds: Romanticism in Contemporary Art’, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Graves Art Gallery, ‘Faltering Flame’, Sheffield, England

Market Gallery, ‘Kingdome’, Glasgow, Scotland
Cooper Gallery, ‘Life of a Commercial Gallery’, Dundee, Scotland
Royal Academy, ‘Expander’, London, England
Sister Gallery, ‘Bungle in the Jungle’, Los Angeles CA
The Ship, ‘Concert in the Egg’, London, England

Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee, ‘The Moment of Fiction’, Dundee, Scotland
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, ‘I Want! I Want!’, Sunderland, England
ACME, ‘Hide & Seek or Hidden Agenda’, Los Angeles CA
Cover Up, ‘Into the Grey’, London, England
Royal College of Art, ‘The Show: One’, London, England

IBID PROJECTS, ‘Steam In His Soul’, Vilnius, Lithuania
Royal College of Art, ‘The Interim Show’, London, England

Generator Project Space, ‘They Had Four Years’, Dundee, Scotland
Arch 295, ‘Diversion’, London, England

Royal Scottish Academy, ‘Scottish Society of Artists Annual Show’, Edinburgh, Scotland

Duncan of Jordanstone College, ‘Accelerated Learning’, Dundee, Scotland

Resides Lives and works in London, England



1992 ##TS##Publications##TE##

Fisher, Patricia, Hollein, Max, The Lonely Pier, 'Christopher Orr', Zurich: JRP | Ringier, 2014

Summerton, Edward, Smith, Marion, Brotherston, William, 'RSA Annual Exhibition: Between The Late And Early', Edinburgh: The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, 2013 (exh. cat.)
Unterdörfer, Michaela (ed.), 'Hauser & Wirth.20 Years', Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2013

Price, Matt (ed.), 'Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting', London: Phaidon, 2011
Bonnell, Peter, Lewis, Jack, Sanna, Josepha(eds.), 'ArtSway's New Forest Pavilion', Hampshire: ArtSway and Dorset: text + work, 2011 (exh. cat.)
Hainley, Bruce, Higgie, Jennifer, Moulène, Claire (et al.), 'BigMinis', Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2011, p. 251, ill. (exh. cat.)

Bonnell, Peter, James, Stephanie (eds.), 'Christopher Orr. Time Is The Diamond', Dorset: text + work and The Arts University College at Bournemouth in association with ArtSway, 2010 (exh. cat.)

Nye, Tim (ed.), 'Christopher Orr. Paintings 2003 - 2008', New York: Nyehaus, 2008 (exh. cat.)

Ruf, Beatrix, Wallis, Clarrie (eds.), 'Tate Triennial 2006 – New British Art', London: Tate Publishing, 2006, pp. 108-111

Manacorda, Francesco, 'Christopher Orr', in: Wunschwelten. Neue Romantik in der Kunst der Gegenwart, Frankfurt: Schirn Kunsthalle, 2005, pp. 216-218 (exh. cat.)
Weinhart, Martina, 'Christopher Orr. Before and After Science', Berlin: Arndt & Partner, 2005 (exh. cat.)
Hauser & Wirth Zürich London (ed.), 'London in Zurich', Dallenwil: Druckerei Odermatt, 2005 (

Zaman, Vita (ed.), 'Christopher Orr. Of both worlds', London: IBID projects, 2004 (


___, 'What's On In Edinburgh this week', on:, 4 January 2015, ill.
___, 'Talbot Rice turns 40', on:, 5 January 2015
Jeffrey, Moira, 'Orr Inspiring', in: The Scotsman, Edinburgh UK, 6 December 204, pp.26-27, ill.
Priest, Rosie, 'Painting After Punk. Christopher Orr discusses his show in the Talbot Rice Gallery "Punk, Vermeer and Bosch", in: The Skinnny, Edinburgh UK, December 2014, p.22, ill.
___, 'Christopher Orr "The Beguiled Eye"', on:, 19 November 2014, ill.
___, 'Exhibitions', in: The Guardian Guide, London UK, 15 -21 November 2014, ill.
___, 'Saturday in Edinburgh. What's On Today' on:, 15 November 2014
___, 'Artistic Development', in: House & Garden, London UK, August 2014, p. 38

___, 'Fashion is art; Art is fashion', in: Mayfair Times, London UK, October 2013, p. 28

Price, Matt, 'The Scottish Connection', in: Flash Art International, Milano, November December 2011, pp. 74, 75
Basciano, Oliver, 'Christopher Orr', in: ArtReview, London/UK, March 2011, p.132, ill.
Weinhart, Martina, 'Was ist das nur mit der Romantik', in: artcollector, Basel/CH, May – July 2011, p.94, ill.

Sherwin, Skye, 'Artist of the week: Christopher Orr', on:, London, 19 May 2010, ill.
___, 'Christopher Orr: Olschinkli', in: Zuritipp, Zurich/CH, 20 December 2010, ill.

Basciano, Oliver, 'Christopher Orr', in: MAP, Dundee, Autumn 2009, ill.

Wilson, Michael, 'Christopher Orr. Nyehaus', in: Artforum, New York NY, September 2008, ill.

Imhof, Dominik, 'Augenspiel', in: artensuite, Berne, 1 December 2007, p. 3
ISW, 'Christopher Orr. Manipulation und Illusion', in: Schweizer Illustrierte, Zurich, No. 48, 26 November 2007, p. 61, ill.
___, 'Christopher Orr', in: Bilanz, Zurich, November 2007, p. 14, ill.
___, 'Christopher Orr', in: Monopol, Berlin, no. 11, November 2007, p. 128
TK, 'Kunst kommt von erkennen', in: AD Architectural Digest, Munich, no. 84, November 2007, p. 150, ill.
Strauss, Botho, '"Alles, was wir können, ist schauen"', in: Monopol, Berlin, no. 10, October 2007, pp. 72-76, ill.
___, 'Wichtige Ausstellungen im Januar-ausgewählt von Monopol', in: Monopol, Berlin, no. 1, January 2007, p. 122, ill.

Zybok, Oliver, 'Romantik versus Idylle (interview)', in: Kunstforum International, Ruppichteroth, vol. 179, February – April 2006, pp. 134-143, ill.
___, 'Don Quijote', in: Metropolis M, Utrecht, August/September 2006
___, 'Don Quijote', in: Flash Art, Milan, July-September 2006
Wright, Karen, 'On the Art of Appropriation', in: Modern Painters, London, April 2006, p. 24
Tatley, Roger, 'A Walk on the Wild Side', in: Modern Painters, London, February 2006, p. 104, ill.

___, 'Taking some readings', in: LA Times, Los Angeles CA, August 2005, ill.
MF, 'The Valley. Bloomberg Space', in: Modern Painters, London, June 2005, p. 117, ill.
Peschke, Marc, 'Die Ästhetik der Ausseralltäglichkeit', in: News, 2005, p. 35, ill.
Lanavère, Marianne, 'Fabriques du Sublime', in: La Galerie Ville de Noisy-le-Sec, Noisy-le-Sec, 2005, ill.
Heiser, Jörg, 'Novalis im Nebel', in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, 21 May 2005
Buhr, Elke, 'Auf der Klippe', in: Frankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurt, no. 110, 13 May 2005, p. 15, ill.
Baer-Bogenschütz, Dorothee, 'Frankfurt: Neue Romantik in der Kunst der Gegenwart', in: Kunstzeitung Regensburg, Regensburg, 12 May 2005
Wittneven, Katrin, 'Himmelsstürmer', in: Der Tagesspiegel, no. 18 826, 7 May 2005, p. 26
Schulze, Karin, 'Zart besaitete Streiche', Financial Times Deutschland, Frankfurt, 1 May 2005
___, 'Fuga della Realta', in: Flash Art, Milan, April / May 2005
Liebs, Holger, 'Einmal Mittelerde, einfach', in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, 29 April 2005, p. 13, ill.

Survey of Young Painters, 'Christopher Orr', in: Flash Art, Milan, November/December, 2004
Illies, Florian, 'Die Augenzeugen des Unsichtbaren', in: Monopol, Berlin, no. 4, October/November 2004, pp. 15-24

Hicking, Alfred, in: The Guardian, London, 27 August 2003
Barnett, Lucy, 'Journeying to Imaginary Places', in: Metro, London, 27 August 2003
Charlesworth, JJ, 'I Want! I Want!. Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art', in: Art Monthly, London, October 2003, pp. 33-35
Clark, Robert, 'I Want! I Want! ', in: The Guide (insert in: The Guardian), 16 –22 August 2003, p. 34
Arnatt, Matthew, Mollin, David, 'Chris Orr / IBID Projects', in: 100 Reviews, London, April 2003, p. 31
Krikstopaityte, Monika, 'Farsiruoti vaizdiniai', in: 7 Meno Dienos, Vilnius, no. 3 (551), 2003
Coomer, Martin, 'Chris Orr / IBID Projects', in: Time Out, London, 16 – 23 April 2003

Gallery Exhibitions

ORR C45443 The Silence Afterwards

20 Nov 2010 – 29 Jan 2011, Zürich, Hubertus Exhibitions

ORR C38137 Nocturne

27 Oct – 15 Dec 2007, Zürich