Jon Cattapan is an artist born in Australia, currently working in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Jon Cattapan has established himself as a prolific and significant Australian artist having exhibited his paintings, drawings and prints extensively since 1978. Central to Cattapan’s practice is a concern with the way in which humans negotiate space and territories. Cattapan’s urban imagery depicts a fragmented, mobile, pulsing environment. Cityscapes filled with flows and vectors reflect the increasingly digital and global reality we are confronted with in the 21st century. This concern extends into more political terrain in works dealing with the ‘children overboard affair’ as well as broader issues of immigration and border protection. Interweaving influences from contemporary culture ranging from cinema, digital media, travel and science fiction, can also be located throughout his works.

In 1983 he held his debut one-person show at Realities Gallery in Melbourne, and from the early 1980s through to the present, his work has been shown widely in both commercial galleries and curated museum shows. Such exhibitions have included Fireworks: tracing the incendiary in Australian art, Artspace McKay, Queensland, 2005; Sticks and stones, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston, 2004; See Here Now: Vizard Foundation Collection of the 90s, the Ian Potter Museum, the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2003; Terra Australis, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2000; Telling Tales, Neue Galerie Landesmusuem Janneum, Austria, 1999; and Decalogue: A Decade of Australian Printmaking, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul, 1997. Cattapan has exhibited regularly at Sutton Gallery since in 1994 with other important solo exhibitions including: Jon Cattapan: the City Submerged, touring Australian galleries 1999-2000, and Fire and Life, (Collaboration with Surendran Nair) at Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 1997.

As an artist he has practiced in various cities around the world, having lived in Sydney; New York City; Baroda, India; Seoul, Korea; and Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. Cattapan was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship in 1992, and in 2003 completed a major new work for the National Gallery of Victoria, commissioned through the Hugh Williamson Foundation, titled The Melbourne Panels. In 2005 he received a grant from both Arts Victoria and the Visual Arts board of the Australia Council. Cattapan’s work was brought together in a major survey exhibition, The drowned world: Jon Cattapan works and collaborations, at the Ian Potter Museum, the University of Melbourne, in 2006. In 2007 he was one of four Australian artists to participate in ‘Venice Views’ a residency project at the Venice Printmaking Studio, culminating in the exhibition ‘Fondamenti Nove’ held at the Australian Print Workshop. In 2008 a monograph ‘Jon Cattapan: Possible Histories’ written by Dr Chris McAuliffe was published by Miegunyah Press and also that year Cattapan became an official artist for the Australian War Memorial and was deployed to Timor Leste.

Jon Cattapan is represented by Sutton Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.