Organizations* : NOAPS, OPA
Plein-air landscape artist Joseph Orr paints not only to document the quiet beauty of America, but also to chronicle the way we see America’s rural space at this point in history.
Orr was born in Japan, and came to the United States when he was four years old. As a military family, the Orr’s moved regularly around the country, and it was as a child that Orr discovered his love of travel. To this day, he and his wife Rita enjoy traveling and seeing the United States.
In the late 1960’s, Orr took a job with Hallmark Cards, operating machinery. It was there that he met Tony Allison, a Hallmark artist, who became a mentor for the young artist. Encouraged by Allison, Orr took art classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and eventually worked for Hallmark for four years. However, restless to pursue his own creativity, Orr left Hallmark and set out on his own, becoming a professional painter in 1972. In 1990, he had a painting accepted into the Arts for the Parks competition and gallery representation soon followed.
His paintings have made the Arts For The Parks Top 100 Competition, held in Jackson, Wyoming, three times, and in 1993 his paintings of the battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi won the Historical Art Award. Orr is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.
His work can be seen in such exhibitions and collections as the Society of Painters, the Knickerbocker Artists, the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico, the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming and the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum in Cody, Wyoming.
Orr works from his studio in Osage Beach, Missouri.