Born in London, United Kingdom 1987
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom
James Capper is well known for his innovative sculptures, which combine engineering techniques with complex problem-solving processes that expand the possibilities of the contemporary landscape of three-dimensional works of art.
Capper’s visual language evolves along modular chains that the artist has termed ‘Divisions.’ According to Capper, each work can be understood as a prototype. Therefore, each sculpture prompts further questions that the subsequent work attempts to answer, so that over time each ‘Division’ produces its own distinct iconography and application in action. Working in diverse materials and scales, from works on paper to monumental hydraulic sculptures, Capper investigates the relationship between ergonomics and aesthetics in the scope of today’s technological advancements.
Capper received his B.A. in Sculpture from the Chelsea College of Art and Design and his M.A. from the Royal College of Art, London, where he became the youngest ever artist to be presented with the Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture. In 2009, Capper was also nominated for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize. Previous solo exhibitions include those at the Modern Art Oxford in 2011; Hannah Barry Gallery, London in 2011; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park from 2012 to 2013. In 2015 and 2016, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, devoted two solo exhibitions to the artist. In 2017, the University of Bath Art Gallery presented James Capper, The Edge, which featured Capper’s recent kinetic sculptures.