James Capper (b.1987, London, UK) lives and works in London. Capper makes new objects that suggest existing ones (hydraulic pumps, cutting blades, ploughs), and by doing so generates a new creative function for that object - the making of marks on a surface. These, then, are drawing machines, their actions gouging or scraping new forms in a receiving material, and sculptural forms too, their forms abstracted, almost modernist. Awards include the Royal Society of British Sculptors Bursary Award (2011) and nominations for the Paul Hamlyn Visual Arts Awards, South Bank Sky Arts Awards and The Times Breakthrough Award (2015). Select exhibitions include Hydra Step & hydra Shuffle II, James Capper with Katzki, Broken Hill Regional Arts Centre, New South Wales, AU (2017); Faith & Fathom, Galleria Poggiali, Florence, IT (2016); Earth Marking Expedition, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK (2016); Mountaineer, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, US (2015); Tools of the Trade, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK (2015); James Capper, Kirkaldy Testing Museum, London (2013); Divisions, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, UK (2013); OFFSHORE, Tim Sheward Projects, London (2012); and Fleet, Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2011). Select group exhibitions include Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London (2015); A Strong Affinity, Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2014); STEP/SHUFFLE, Art Basel Hong Kong (2014); PeckhamNewYorkParis, Shoot the Lobster/Martos Gallery, New York, US (2013); Hydraulic Power Tools, The Armory Show, New York (2013); 20/12 London Art Now, National Trust, Lodge Park, Cheltenham, UK (2012); and Pertaining to things natural, Chelsea Physic Garden, London (2012).
Last updated: 30.03.2017