Paul Cooper has a bent for manipulating readymades, processes and perceptions. A graduate of both The Sydney Gallery School and Sydney College of the Arts as well as holding an Assoc.Dip of Electrical Engineering, Cooper explores relationships technically and conceptually whereby the usual is injected with possibilities that result in unexpected re-purposing. It could be a microwave oven that only operates when the door is open or a musical instrument that is played by a vinyl record. Putting it simply, his artworks are mischievous and absurd.

Here you’ll find artworks that are offbeat and yet unavoidably appealing that expose today’s fast-paced latest-craze next-best-thing as something to either grasp or strangle with both hands.”

curriculum vitae

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons)
— Sydney College of the Arts (SCA)
— University of Sydney Graduated 2018
— first class honours
— recipient of the SCA Director’s Honours Student Award

Diploma of Visual Arts
— Sydney Gallery School
— NSI Meadowbank TAFE Graduated 2014

Associate Diploma of Engineering (Electrical)
— North Sydney College of TAFE Graduated 1994

on now
31 Jan – 25 Feb – “Unseen”, group photographic show, Bendigo Bank, Leichhardt

Apr 1 – 3 “Sticks and Stones” group show – Eramboo, Terrey Hills
Jul 2021 – “Snarl”, solo experimental show – Our Neon Foe, Leichhardt (delayed due to covid until a date yet to be set)

art prize finalist

66th Blake Art Prize, CPAC, 2021
In Focus “A Sense of Place” Photographic Competition, Bendigo Bank, Leichhardt 2020
Hornsby Art Prize, 2015
Hidden Sculpture Walk, Rookwood Cemetery, 2014

solo shows
“Loops of Repetition” (collab with Clache Roang), Gaffa Gallery, Sydney CBD, March 2021
“For Two Weeks Only”, The Cranny, AIRSpace Projects, Marrickville. February 2019
“Noise Works” Dedspace Gallery, Rozelle, June 2017
“Black & White Also” Dedspace Gallery, Rozelle, November 2016
“Not Everything Is Either Black Nor White” Dedspace Gallery, Rozelle, April 2016

group shows
“Love Letter – Magic”, 541 Art Space, Sydney CBD. September 2019
“FERMENT”, Articulate Performance Space, Leichhardt, January 2019
“University of Sydney Graduate Degree Show”, SCA Galleries, Rozelle, November 2018
“Constant Craving – In A Material World” Eramboo Artist Environment, Terrey Hills, May-June 2018
” A Novel Script: Text as an Expanded Medium” Verge Gallery, Darlington, February 2018
“Experimentum”, The Bevery, Camperdown, March 2017
See Street Gallery, Meadowbank, 2014

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