Art Commission Announcement


The City of Joondalup is pleased to announce Paul Kaptein has been awarded the 2020–21 Art Commission.

The City commissions local, national and international artists to produce artworks that capture the social, urban or natural environments of the Joondalup region for the City’s Art Collection. The City has previously awarded commissions to Western Australian contemporary visual artists, including Tony Windberg (2012), Lindsay Harris (2013), and Nien Schwarz (2017), international artist Brandon Ballengee (2016), and interstate artist Helen Pynor (2019).

Working predominantly in sculpture (hand-carved wood), Kaptein’s practice is informed by notions of Pneuma and Sunyata in exploring the fluid space between form and emptiness. Motivated by the invisible worlds that often exist beneath the surface of things, his work is activated through warps, spaces, gaps, holes, and fissures.

Having studied at the Claremont School of Art (1996–98) he graduated with a BA in Fine art from Curtin University in 1999. In 2014 Kaptein won the prestigious Mandorla Art Award and the Mid West Art Prize in 2015 as well as being a finalist in the Albany Art Prize, Bankwest Art Prize and Jacaranda Art Award for Drawing and Joondalup Art Award. In 2018, he received the Stockland Sculpture Prize in the Minnawarra Art Award.

His 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, City of Wanneroo and The Horn Collections as well as significant private national and international collections.

Kaptein is represented by Turner Galleries (Perth) and Krause Gallery (NYC) and Misia Gallery (Paris).

Image: ‘With the poise of one entering a black hole for the third time’ (detail), 2015 by Paul Kaptein
Laminated hand-carved wood