The materiality and density of Orchard's work is viscerally powerful. It transcends both the literal messages it carries and the media that give it form. Each drawing is a snapshot, fleeting moment in a train of thought. In Orchard's hands, each drawing is also a dynamic entity, changing and metamorphosing like the individual and moving towards a final confrontation.
Christopher Orchard is one of the leading exponents of the drawn image in Australia, and well recognised by his peers in Australia, Europe and the United States, as well as much loved by the many students who have been privileged to have him as a teacher. He has had a substantial number of one-man shows in Australia and overseas, entries accepted in the main drawing events around Australia, and acceptance as a finalist in Dobell Prize exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for many years. The impressive amount of work he has produced over more than twenty years is a testimony to his dedication, his artistic vision, and an exceptional level of concept and execution.
Christopher exhibits regularly with BMG Art in South Australia and Harrison Galleries in Sydney and he has work held by the Art Gallery of South Australia and many other public and private collections locally and internationally. As a judge for many awards such as the EVA, SANTOS Whyalla Art Prize and Ruth Tuck Scholarship, Christopher is actively encouraging artists to develop their careers.
Represented By: Harrison Galleries, Sydney
BMG Art, Adelaide
Stephen Rosenberg Fine Art, New York
Forthcoming Exhibition:2010 at Stephen Rosenberg Fine Art, New York