Chris Orr was born in London and studied at Hornsey College of Art, and at the Royal College from 1964 - 1967. He taught for a time at various art schools including Cardiff College of Art, Central St Martins in London and at the Royal College of Art. He was appointed Professor of Printmaking at the Royal College in 1998. Orr was made a fellow of the Royal College in 1985, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in 1988, and a Royal Academician in 1995. Described variously as quintessentially English or a latter- day Hogarth, Orr has said that “Many of my pictures are composed of well-mixed metaphors, arcane references, allusions and jokes but I have always drawn from life and seen the role of the artist as a viewer and a voyeur. The fantastical and the eccentric are only other ways of getting at the truths of things that I see around me.”