I have been working hard during lockdown and now you can see a lot of my new prints and paintings this summer. With the easing of restrictions, you are very welcome to visit my studio in Battersea and buy directly from me. I will be showing as usual 6 new works at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition which opens on September 22nd. Jill George is showing 3 new pieces at the Conningsby Galley in London from the 20th- 30th June and Caroline Wiseman is hosting my work in August at her gallery in Aldeburgh. The Brook Gallery in Budleigh Salterton continues to have my prints and will feature a new watercolour “Cornucopia” a further instalment in my series “What’s in my kitchen” to celebrate their new venture an art café Brook Kitchen.


In continuance of the themes I began in my successful lithograph of 2020 “Crisis? What Crisis?” I have made a new print at Curwen “Another Fine Mess!” which features a whole host of exits and entrances, back drops and facades, jokes, false starts and bad ends. My print “Jaipur Junction” was well received at last years RA Summer Exhibition and sold out. It is followed this year by “The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, both hand coloured engravings printed in my workshop.


I am making a series of satirical prints about the Arts. Destined for the Royal Academy is “The Battle of the Books” which echoes the famous satire of Jonathan Swift and plays games with our love of showing off our bookcases in the Zoom age. It will be followed by “34 Actors Searching for a Play” and “What Painters did in Lockdown”. No prisoners taken.


New paintings include “Ring any bells?” and “Taking the children to School” both anarchic street scenes full of incidents and stories to amuse and shock. “The Theatre of the Absurd” returns to the idea of showing the theatre building, audiences and plays entangled.


Still available is the world famous A to Z poster which has graced many bathrooms throughout the world, books published by the Royal Academy which include “The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists” and “Chris Orr, The Making of Things”.


To view any new work and items from my back catalogue (I began publishing prints back in 1970!) contact me on 07940 793210 or email


Chris Orr June 2021