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KELLIE ORR: ephemera + apparitions

June 8 – July 20, 2019

Seymour Art Gallery, Vancouver

Opening reception

June 9, 2-4pm

Kellie Orr’s highly realistic oil paintings use nuanced symbolism to reflect contemporary societal expectations, consumerism, and popular culture.

Although Orr presents primarily still life paintings in her most recent exhibition, ephemera + apparitions, the figure is omnipresent. Both figures and objects are afforded the same amount of attention, time, and detail. If we regard Orr’s paintings as portraits taking the form of still life, we can begin to unpack the intention behind her work.

Orr’s compositions, although playfully nodding to the tradition of still life painting, are decidedly contemporary. Her paintings reference prevailing contemporary Western values with particular emphasis on the importance of presenting a perfected identity to the world, whether in person or on social media. Flowers, makeup, mirrors, and balloons with reflective surfaces allude to these phantom personas and constructed façades. By bringing together the language of historical painting with modern elements, Orr asks us to consider our place within the complexities of our current cultural landscape.

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Kellie Orr, 30, is based in Perth, Australia.

Using realistic and hyperrealistic oil painting methods, Kellie’s work presents honest observations of social behaviour, personal identity development and western cultural themes. Her work explores the subtle nuances of our daily lives, our shared experiences and the human condition; and each painting presents a unique concept.

The artist paints portraits and objects from contemporary Western culture with a style that is almost photographic in its realism, but ethereal and modern. She paints with careful detail and precision, often with multiple layers of paint and glaze. Kellie has been the recipient of awards and recent press features including booooooom.comBeautiful Bizarre Magazine, and, and her work is held in numerous private art collections.  

Kellie Orr In Studio