Chris Orr exhibition at The Brook Gallery in Budleigh Salterton

PUBLISHED: 10:30 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:30 04 September 2018

Exhibiting artist Chris Orr and long-standing customer of the gallery Glenda Pash, for whom he is painting a unique watercolour. Picture: Contributed

Exhibiting artist Chris Orr and long-standing customer of the gallery Glenda Pash, for whom he is painting a unique watercolour. Picture: Contributed


Printmaker’s creations depict famous artists in humorous imaginary situations

Great artists have their off days just like everybody else, and the imagined consequences of real-life mishaps intruding on their genius is depicted in an exhibition of humorous prints at The Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton, until Sunday, September 23.

Artist and printmaker Chris Orr MBE has portrayed ‘greats’ including Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock in amusing situations, in his exhibition titled The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists.

One of his works shows John Constable attempting to paint The Hay Wain while nude swimmers frolic in the river and a combine harvester trundles across the opposite bank; another shows Barbara Hepworth’s studio in St Ives being invaded by seagulls. Dame Laura Knight is seen shoplifting in Harrods and Edvard Munch on a traditional English seaside holiday.

Explaining his irreverent approach, he said: “Artists have a lonely job and success is often elusive. Life in the studio is not all it is cracked up to be, but it is there that dross can be turned into gold. Each of my ‘miseries’ are subjected to the cliché and reputations that haunt them.”

Chris Orr has exhibited around the world and shows annually at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the London Print Fair. He visited The Brook Gallery in person for the opening night of the exhibition and met local artists and friends of the gallery. On hearing that one long-standing customer, Glenda Pash, had wanted to buy one of his works which was no longer available, he offered to paint a unique watercolour specially for her, similar to the one she had admired but with extra touches to personalise it.

He will return to Budleigh on the last day of the Literary Festival, Sunday September 23, to give a talk on the book that accompanies his latest work.

The Brook Gallery has established itself as one of the most prestigious in Devon. It opened in 1997 specialising in Fine Art original print, and over the last 20 years it has extended its reach to most other disciplines including painting and three-dimensional works. The Chris Orr exhibition is his third one-man show there.

The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30 – 5pm, Sunday 2-4.30pm.

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