Paul Chapman

Paul Chapman is an Auckland based artist. He graduated from AUT in 2006 with a Master of Art & Design. His practice switches between printmaking and photography.

Paul’s work at Grey explores the creative possibilities of the arbitrary with unintentional images, whether they are sourced from the cameral roll of his mobile phone, or digital files that haven’t written properly from his camera.

Since the beginnings of photography there have always been accidental images, this has gained prevalence with the profusion of digital photographic technologies resulting in the sub genre of photography: Accident Photography.

The unintentional can provide a compelling but unforeseen perspective or create a successful abstract composition. In Paul’s case many of these images were either taken in his pocket or with the mobile in his hand, leading to abstract & blurred images. These photographs become a thing of beauty when manipulated up larger and explore the tension between chance and choice.

5 questions, 5 answers

Do you have a favourite colour?

Black or White

How do you take your coffee?

Moccona - the Gucci of instant coffee

Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

I don't have a studio  - who can afford a studio in Auckland when you drink Maconna?

Who is your favourite artist of all time + now? Why?

It changes, constantly. I photograph art for a vocation, - so it simply may be what is in front of me at the time

5 words that explain you or your art?

I don't explain my work