Profile: Caspar Fairhall, visual artist

A very brief bio

Caspar Fairhall is a visual artist who works across painting, video and interactive art. Making use of contradictions and paradoxes in visual illusion, Fairhall often looks at the tension between our intuitions of space and time, and what we understand about the world from science. He tends to use the the picture surface as a void from which images are withdrawn (as the etymology of the word drawing suggests). This is the common thread running through works derived from Pilbara geology (with the sense of immense time that implies), as well as works more directly exploring the relationship between pictorial, optical and cosmic space.


Amongst others, Fairhall’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, The University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, KPMG, BankWest, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In 2012 Fairhall won the Cossack Art Award; part of the prize was a 2013 residency in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. (He also won the Best Invited Artist category in the 2013 Cossack Art Award.) Much of his recent work stems from this residency.


Curriculum vitae

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Education

2012 Master of Fine Arts, College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales

1993 Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), WA School of Visual Arts, Edith Cowan University

1990 Diploma of Fine Art (Painting), Claremont School of Art

Collections

National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, Art Gallery of Western Australia, The University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, BankWest, KPMG, Chamber of Commerce, WA, Horn Collection, Shire of Roebourne, City of Bayswater

Awards and grants

Finalist, Blacktown City Art Prize, Sydney

Cossack Art Award 2013 — Invited Artists category

Cossack Art Award 2012 — Best Overall artwork

City of Bayswater Art Award 2012

Artflight Grant 2015, Department of Culture and the Arts, Western Australia

Artflight Grant 2006, Department of Culture and the Arts, Western Australia

Solo exhibitions

2017 Nine times the space, Gallerysmith PS, Melbourne

2016 Below is above, artCollectiveWA, Perth

2015 Accretion Room, Moana Project Space, Perth

2012 Folded cosmos, COFAspace, University of New South Wales, Sydney

2008 Simultaneous, Sequential, Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth

2004 Transmission, Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth

2001 New work, Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth

1998 Projector, Gomboc Gallery, Perth

1996 First solo exhibition, Gomboc Gallery, Perth

Selected group exhibitions

2015 Plastic, MOP Projects, Sydney

2015 artCollectiveWA down south, Holmes à Court Gallery, Cowaramup

2014 Artist Open House Fremantle, private residence, Fremantle

2014 City of Busselton Art Award, ArtGeo Gallery, Busselton (commendation)

2014 Minnawarra Art Awards, Armadale District Hall (commendation)

2013 Le Salon Scintillant: Gotham Studios, Moana Project Space

2012 Synechdoches, Moana Project Space

2012 Joondalup Invitation Art Award, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Joondalup

2011 4, Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth

2010 Joondalup Invitation Art Award, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Joondalup

2009 Joondalup Invitation Art Award, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Joondalup

2008 Linden1968, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

2006 30 Years On, Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth

2006 Joondalup Invitation Art Award, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Joondalup

2006 Melbourne Artfair, Galerie Düsseldorf booth

2006 Material Witness, Contemporary Art Centre South Australia, Adelaide

2005 Shelf Life, Galerie Düsseldorf (Festival of Perth exhibition), Perth

2004 Invisible Cities, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

2003 BankWest Art Prize, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

2003 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Annual Art Exhibition, Church Gallery, Perth

2001 House and land package, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth

1999 In the studio, from the studio, Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth

1999 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Annual Art Exhibition, Church Gallery, Perth

1997 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Annual Art Exhibition

1995 New work, Gomboc Gallery, Perth

1994 52 New, Blaxland Galleries, Sydney

1993 Seven Perth Artists, Gallery Hakuzen, Nagoya City, Japan

1990 Theoria, Delaney Galleries, Perth

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