Albert and the Lion
About the work
Penguins ready to dive underwater, while an elephant trunk steals a bun from a tea trolley, and a couple watch with alarm as their son’s arm is seized by a lion in a cage. This comical scene from the zoo refers to the Lancashire working-class poet Marriott Edgar’s popular monologue ‘The Lion and Albert’ (1930), popularised through his collaboration with an actor and comedian named Stanley Holloway. Published in the book Albert, ‘Arold and Others, Albert’s visit to Blackpool zoo ends up with him being eaten by a lion called Wallace.
Chris Orr started making prints in his twenties, and discovered the power of the multiple to communicate. A medium like etching extended and enhanced his drawing, opening up new possibilities. He conceives his print like book pages, inviting viewers to 'read' his work and uncover hidden subtexts, as well as to look at it.
About the artist
Born in London, Chris Orr studied at Ravensbourne College of Art, Hornsey, and the Royal College of Art (RCA). He later taught at the RCA and at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford. In 1971, he held his first solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery and has exhibited regularly at the Thumb Gallery, London. In 1998, Orr was appointed Professor of Printmaking at the RCA, a position he held for ten years. He was awarded an MBE in 2008 for services to printmaking.
Chris Orr (1943 - )
- Albert and the Lion
- Portfolio Title
- Artists' Choice
- height: 30.40 cm, width: 30.40 cm
- Purchased from the Royal College of Art, November 2007
- br: Chris Orr / 1987 ; verso bl: 45/48
- Royal College of Art
- GAC number