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Curiosities and narratives

Caroline Saunders talks to Professor Chris Orr MBE RA about his complicated compositions rich in content, colour and humour
A Case of Zoomania Involving Leonora Carrington, watercolour and pencil on paper, 153⁄4 × 233⁄4in (40 × 60cm)

Best known as a printmaker, Chris Orr cites drawing as the key to his art. ‘Drawing is the basis of everything to the artist; it is like practising scales to a musician. Ignore drawing at your peril.’ A narrative artist and a natural complicator, his images present a web of curiosities composed of a mixture of metaphors, references, allusions, jokes and descriptions. Michael Palin describes him as ‘creating order out of chaos’ but he says, ‘Chris can equally, like the quiet satirist he is, create chaos out of order.’

In a career of over 40 years, Chris has exhibited worldwide and published over 400 limited-edition prints in lithography, etching, silkscreen and relief. He has made prints in professional workshops in Aberdeen, Paris, Berlin, Bristol and Dallas.

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Enjoy developing your skills and techniques with The Artist. Written by artists and top tutors, for experienced amateur painters and aspiring professional artists, this month's issue offers stage-by-stage demonstrations, illustrated tips and techniques for drawing and painting in watercolour, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, oils and gouache. Learn new techniques for painting winter landscapes, characterful portraits, still lifes, spring flowers and animals. There's also an article encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone to paint unfamiliar subjects and an interview with Professor Christopher Orr MBE, RA revealing his approach to his unusual subject matter and working methods. Plus our marketing expert advises on how to use apps to facilitate your social media posts to help get your work noticed. And when you've completed your best work, why not enter it into our 2019 Open competition for the chance to see your work exhibited, published and win one of over 40 fantastic prizes! Full details are on pages 12 to 13 . Enjoy!