For Joseph Orr, his love of the landscape requires the welcome study of atmospheric nuances, as well as color and seasonal change. Grasping the acrylic medium early in his career, Joseph is now recognized as one of it’s experts and has written material for several art instruction books and magazines while his paintings are among collections across the country, both private and public. Mr. Orr is a founder and Signature member of of the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society. He works from his studio in Osage Beach, MO, but his paintings are represented by prominent art galleries across America.
Joseph Orr is represented in St. Louis by Kodner Gallery.
For me, the idea is that painting should follow some form of illustration and truth telling. Basically, the premise of my philosophy, is to build layers of narrative into my paintings. A scene is never defined satisfactorily without its relationship to color and composition. It is important to balance fact with imagination. I love the process of creating. When I’m in the middle of a painting I am most alive and feel that my paintings are a collaboration of past, present and future. The past being accumulated years of observing. The present, the idea in front of me and the future, manipulation of the paint, in my way, by my hand, i.e., my story. Art reflects the soul of society. A judgment can be made for the attitude or condition of society by inspecting the popular ‘ideas’ of art, or in some instances, the lack of it.