Chris Capper

chris-capper

Chris Capper

Jug & Vase 2017 oil on canvas 50×60cm

Chris Capper’s meditative paintings offer a space for contemplation and reflection. His evocative compositions are careful considerations of form and space, yet are not committed to precise definition. Vibrant orbs imply flowers, while interiors are mapped in abstracted geometry, both recurring motifs throughout his works

“Memorials, icons and signs” presents a survey of practice. The paintings selected for this exhibition touch on themes of loss, memory and hope. Like diary entries, they follow a painter’s intimate journey through the highs and lows – from the everyday to the profound.

Colour is harnessed as an emotional trigger; works bloom with a vibrant contrasting palette or are muted to convey a sense of sorrow about time passing, but with recognition for beauty and completeness. His paintings made in memorium are poignant with meaning through his deft touch.

Inhabiting a space between representation and formalist abstraction, Capper has a rare facility for the human condition that becomes poetic when he tells a story on canvas

Memorial, Icons and Signs, catalogue essay, The University Gallery, University of Newcastle 2016

Solo exhibitions

2016 Memorials, Icons and Signs, The University Gallery, The University of Newcastle NSW

2013 New Paintings 2013, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2012 At the Annex, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2012 Reflective Dialogues, Newcastle University Gallery

2011 Four Artists, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery

2010 Recent Paintings, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2009 New Paintings, Gallery East, North Fremantle

2009 After New York, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2007 Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2007 Maitland Regional Art Gallery

2007 Gallery East, North Fremantle

2006 Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2005 Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2004 Gallery East, North Fremantle

2003 Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney

2003 Damien Minton Gallery, Newcastle

2003 Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery

2002 Gallery East, North Fremantle

2001 Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney

2000 Gallery East, North Fremantle

1997-1998 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

1995 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

1992 Gallery Fifty Two/Delaney Gallery, Perth

1991-1992,92 Rex Irwin Art Dealers, Sydney

1989 Rex Irwin Art Dealers, Sydney

1988 Phillip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane

1988 Goulburn Regional Gallery

1987 Rex Irwin Art Dealers, Sydney

1987 Gallery Fifty Two/Delaney Gallery, Perth

1985 Rex Irwin Art Dealers, Sydney

1984 Gallery Fifty Two/Delaney Gallery, Perth

1983 Rex Irwin Art Dealers, Sydney

1982 Gallery Fifty Two/Delaney Gallery, Perth

1979-1980 Gallery Fifty Two/Delaney Gallery, Perth

1974-1975 Old Fire Station Gallery, Perth

Collections

Alexander Library, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Curtin University Perth, Edith Cowan University, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Macquarie University, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Manly Art Gallery, Regional Gallery of Newcastle, University of Newcastle, University of Western Australia, Victoria and Albert Museum and various private collections.


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