Christopher Orr belongs to the most impressive among contemporary painters. As the title Light Shining Darkly evokes, Orr’s paintings show locations and scenes where something seemingly mystical, supernatural, dark or sinister happens, or you, as the viewer, presage something like this may happen. An important source of information for his creative process proves to be his images archive, consisting of old magazines—especially National Geographic from the 1930s to the ’70s—and books. Orr also draws on the “old masters” of painting like Tiepolo, Vermeer, Bosch, Hals, van Eyck, Caravaggio and others.
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