Alex Eagle Studio is proud to be selling a significant body of work by Capper titled ‘Rotary Paintings’ which was imagined during the 2020 lockdown where he reactivated an old machine from his Masters, the Hydra Painter. In this series, Capper has made traces while the mobile sculpture acts as a performative tool to produce paintings, utilising his background in agricultural mechanics to fabricate large-scale mobile structures.
Capper completed his Bachelors in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, before studying Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. In 2011, Capper received the Royal Society of British Sculptors Bursary Award. In 2009 he was the youngest artist ever awarded The Jack Goldhill Prize for Sculpture from the Royal Academy of Arts and was nominated for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize.
Rotary Paintings references the timelessness of modernist art: the boldness of their shape accessing both Jasper Johns’ Target (1961) and Damien Hirst’s Spin Paintings (1992-2008), while the colour and unique consistency of the paint bears similarity to the hand-painted steel sculpture of David Smith. Each painting forms a record of the day on which it was made, the titles being drawn from media headlines and government briefings swing from absurd to caustic in their humour.
Industrial marine paint on paper.
Framed: 84 x 84 cm.