CHRISTOPHER ORCHARD

Christopher Orchard Profile Picture

Christopher Orchard's work is constructed from vignettes of contemplation and sometimes uncanny episodes of human behaviour. The artist's conceptual focus in recent work has been on the 'avatar' who is occasionally joined by transient characters who act as destabilising influences in the world. These narrative drawings contain the hall-marks of fine draughtsmanship in their composition, sure line and imaginative scope.

The textural shading that gives depth, contrast and tactile quality to the artist's figurative elements, brings out the materiality of the media with which he works, reinforcing a subtle paradox between imaginative construct and tangible form. The breadth and possibilities of meanings Orchard's work opens up, in narrative and technique, offer the viewer a multifaceted journey rather than any predictable outcome.

Orchard has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions for over 30 years and has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Dobell Prize for Drawing (AGNSW). His previous roles include Head of Drawing at the Adelaide Central School of Art. The artist exhibits in major cities around Australia and in New York and his work is held in several collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Grafton Regional Gallery, the Kedumba Drawing Award and Artbank.

  - The Runner
The Runner acrylic on canvas 155 x 185cm

  - Weightless
Weightless charcoal on paper 108 x 108cm

Christopher Orchard - Thrown (Tumble)
Thrown (Tumble) acrylic on canvas 185 x 153cm

  - Chase
Chase acrylic on canvas 153 x 122cm

  - Scribe
Scribe charcoal on paper 24 x 22cm

  - Spin 2
Spin 2 charcoal on paper 38 x 28cm

  - The Agreement
The Agreement charcoal on paper 42 x 30cm

  - The Bow
The Bow charcoal on paper 33 x 21cm

  - Avatars
Avatars charcoal on paper 31 x 28cm

  - The Exchange
The Exchange acrylic, charcoal and pastel 18 x 20cm

  - The Dressers 1
The Dressers 1 acrylic, charcoal and pastel on paper 13 x 17cm

  - The Dressers 2
The Dressers 2 acrylic, charcoal and pastel on paper 13 x 17cm

  - Load
Load acrylic, charcoal and chinagraph on paper 18.5 x 12.5cm

  - Sweep
Sweep acrylic, charcoal and chinagraph on paper 26 x 22cm

Christopher Orchard - Thrown 4
Thrown 4 charcoal, pencil and wash on paper 17.5 x 17cm

Christopher Orchard - Thrown 5
Thrown 5 charcoal, pencil and wash on paper 16.5 x 14.5cm

Christopher Orchard - Thrown 10
Thrown 10 Charcoal, pencil and wash on paper 17 x 14.5

Christopher Orchard - Lean
Lean acrylic, charcoal and Chinagraph on paper 20.3 x 16.3cm

Christopher Orchard - Luggage
Luggage acrylic, charcoal, chinagraph on paper 24.5 x 14.5cm

        Previously Available:

  - Travellers 2
Travellers 2 acrylic, charcoal and chinagraph on paper 19 x 14cm SOLD

  - Hard
Hard acrylic, charcoal and chinagraph on paper 24.5 x 20cm SOLD

  - Witness 2
Witness 2 acrylic, charcoal and chinagraph on paper 30 x 40cm SOLD

  - Spooks
Spooks acrylic, charcoal and chinagraph on paper 75 x 57cm SOLD

Christopher Orchard - Thrown (Luft)
Thrown (Luft) charcoal on paper 108 x 85cm SOLD

Christopher Orchard - Thrown 12
Thrown 12 charcoal, pencil and wash on paper 20 x 15 SOLD

Christopher Orchard - Thrown 7
Thrown 7 charcoal, pencil and wash on paper 20 x 15cm SOLD

Christopher Orchard - Thrown 8
Thrown 8 charcoal, pencil and wash on paper 14 x 21cm SOLD

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