2019 Invitation Art Prize – Overall Prize Winner


The Overall Prize winner of the City of Joondalup 2019 Invitation Art Prize is Paul Kaptein.

‘Mute Figure #10 (Sunset Selfies at The Great Attractor)’ explores the idea of the body as a space of emptiness and expansion, erasure and creation. Using the Quantum world as a model for our lived experience, Kaptein explores ways to reconsider our accepted assumptions of linear time and explicit positions. Under the effect of time / space distortions, we may consider our location as simultaneously here, there, everywhere and nowhere.

Similarly, the ancient practice of woodcarving collapses temporal distinctions of past, present, and future by linking cultures across time. Engagement with this meditative process refuses the contemporary need for immediacy and becomes a vehicle through which to consider notions of embedded knowledge, identity, craft, temporality, structure and being.

Image: ‘Mute Figure #10 (Sunset Selfies at The Great Attractor)’ by Paul Kaptein. Hand-carved wood, graphite, ink, 800 x 410 x 280

A graduate of Curtin University, Paul Kaptein’s most recent career highlights include being awarded the Mandorla Art Award (2014), the Mid West Art Prize (2015) and the Stockland Sculpture Prize (Minnawarra Art Award, 2018). He was a finalist in the Jacaranda Art Award for Drawing (2016) and exhibited in The Grammar of Glitch at the Latrobe Art Institute, Bendigo (2018).

Kaptein’s work can be found in the collections of the University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Royal Perth Hospital, Grafton Regional Gallery, New Norcia Museum Art Collection, as well as significant private national and international collections.

Working predominantly in sculpture and drawing, Kaptein’s practice is informed by aspects of Pneuma and Sunyata. Exploring the body as the interface between quantum, relative, technological, spiritual, material, psychic and conscious states, the works collapse distinctions of internal / external binaries and linear temporalities to disrupt notions of identity and boundaries of self.

Artist’s website: paulkaptein.com
Artist’s Instagram: @paulkaptein


The members of the Judging Panel for the 2019 Invitation Art Prize were:

  • Carly Lane, Curator Indigenous Australian and First Nations Arts, Art Gallery of Western Australia;
  • Susan Roux, Western Australian artist and major award winner from the 2018 Community Invitation Art Award; and
  • Dr Oliver Watts, Senior Curator, Artbank.

The 2019 Invitation Art Prize is on display at Westfield Whitford City (corner of Marmion Avenue and Whitfords Avenue, Hillarys) until Sunday 27 October. Vote for your favourite artwork in the Popular Choice Award.

See Invitation Art Prize for further information.