Born in 1943 He was a student at the Royal College of Art 1964-1967. Elected a Royal Academician in 1995 and was Professor of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art 1998-2008. He was awarded an MBE and made Professor Emeritus in 2008.
Chris Orr has had numerous exhibitions throughout the world which include: The Complete Chris Orr (touring show0, 1976: Many Mansions (touring show), 1990: Six Royal Academicians in China, shown in Beijing, Shanghai, and London, 2005: LithORRgraphy, Royal Academy, Fine Rooms 2012. He has had 15 one person shows with the Jill George Gallery, and 3 one person shows with Brook Gallery. He shows annually at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the London Original Print Fair.
His work is in public collections including The Arts Council of England, The British Council, The British Museum, The Government Art Collection, The Palace of Westminster Collection, The Ruskin Library at Lancaster University, The Queens Collection, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Science Museum, Tate Britain, and Victorian and Albert Museum.