Orson Kartt

*Please note, Orson Kartt's prints are made using unique book pages for each edition so your purchase may vary slightly from the images shown on our website.

"So when words fail, as they often do, I make art, because being is a doing word.” - Orson Kartt

Orson Kartt inherently believes that he has always been an artist, since he was first taught how to draw at the age of seven in his school playing field. However, it was not until the age of eleven that his creativity and love of drawing was tarnished when his art teacher confirmed he ‘was doing it all wrong.’ Kartt has commented that he “didn’t dare do anything really creative again until [he] was in [his] early 20’s.” Kartt attended art school at the age of twenty-five, and it was then that he began to reignite his love of creating and developing art work.

"I was taught that there is no such thing as art, just artists.  As an artist  my view is that art is about expressing the experience of being human.
Being human,  is often shaped, coloured and shaded  by the light  gleaned from our ever present media.

Being an artist is I believe, about seeing… things in the world around us and seeing things in the mind’s eye. Asking questions, so the work becomes an observation of the universe we live in. Both the physical one around us and the internal one which is always trying to make some sense of it all.” In his piece, ‘Rust never sleeps,’ the composition and subject matter came about due to loving the quality of the material. “The texture, the multitude of colour and sense of warmth that sometimes happens when steel oxidizes and changes from being a strong supportive material. This beauty is so often overlooked in so many aspects of our lives.”

The subject of death is a recurring theme in Kartt’s vocabulary. He states that,

“science tells us that the nature of our lives are finite. My personal countdown was calculated using family and personal health records and lifestyle history. It is quite shocking to be presented with this data, a bit scary and yet strangely liberating . It is a very real, bitter/sweet perspective. A confrontation of reality.”

Kartt’s works have been described as post iconic, therefore Dadaist and Surrealist. In answer to this, Kartt would say, “Art can be used as a tool to confront reality I like to think I work in this way.”

Orson Kartt

A Very Thin Line Between Love and Hate (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

You must remember this (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Let it Bee (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Did I Miss the Boat (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Animal Farm (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

A Wing and a Prayer (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Many hands make light work (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

I lost the typewriter (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

What was the question? (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Tick-Tock (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Rule Britannia (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Poundland (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Plenty More Fish in the Sea (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Not Worth the Paper (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Live long and Prosper (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Let there be Light (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

In God we Trust (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Heads I Win (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

Chop and Change (Variable edition of 100)

£130

Orson Kartt

All Creatures Great and Small (Variable edition of 100)

£130