Paul Caporn

Paul Caporn's work often engages with themes that circulate notions of industry and science. This can involve a nostalgic play, dealing with technologies in what is often a low-tech manner, describing the relationships between people, memory, time, space and places. He enjoys the synchronistic outcomes and seemingly random relationships between objects, ideas and meaning.

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Roundabout, 2017, cardboard, tissue paper, binder medium, acrylic paint, digital print, wallpaper, plastic and urethane, 700 x 700 x 400cm
Roundabout, 2017, cardboard, tissue paper, binder medium, acrylic paint, digital print, wallpaper, plastic and urethane, 700 x 700 x 400cm | Paul Caporn

Paul Caporn was born in 1969 in Perth, Western Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Curtin University in 1992, followed by a BA (Hons) Visual Art where he received a First Class Honours in 2004. Since his first solo show in 1996, Paul has maintained a regular exhibiting schedule.

Paul’s work often engages with themes that circulate notions of industry and science. This can involve a nostalgic play, dealing with technologies in what is often a low-tech manner, describing the relationships between people, memory, time, space and places.

He enjoys the synchronistic outcomes and seemingly random relationships between objects, ideas and meaning. This has led his artistic output to shift and change over 25 years, and reflects his desire to maintain a practice that is difficult to define. The evolution of his work in recent years has been moving toward notions of the incidental, or incident. This has emerged through a greater consideration of his production process and the things which happen as a distraction or a deviation from a particular projects path, allowing these mishaps to become outcomes in themselves. This is often where the new and unexpected can come from, and is the point from which he gets the greatest pleasure from his practice.

Paul's work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Parliament House Canberra, WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Artbank, Ipswich Council, City of Swan, City of Melville, City of Perth, St John of God Health Care, Curtin University Collection, Central TAFE, Kerry Stokes Collection and Holmes a Court Collection.