PROF Jon Cattapan

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Research expertise

  • Political/social representations of the urban environment through paintings (Fine Art, Painting, Drawing, Digital Imaging)
Jon Cattapan is a Professor in the School of art, faculty of VCA and MCM. His research interests centre arounbd how painting can picture the urban environment, globalised societies and contemporary conflict. He has a substantial research track record and has a substantial record of research supervisions with Visual art candidates.

Jon Cattapan’s works have dealt primarily with ways of representing urban topographies and narratives. He has a long held preoccupation for the way human beings negotiate territories. Within his paintings, drawings and prints we see influences of contemporary global culture and recent history which range from science fiction and film through to urban social debates. In 2008, he took up a commission through the Australian War Memorial to become Australia’s 63rd Official war artist and was deployed to Timor Leste, where he explored the nature of Night Vision technology as an aesthetic tool, which continues to inform his research outputs. He currently is the Lead Investigator in an ARC Discovery project that deals with the memorialising of conflict through contemporary artwork. In 2013 Cattapan was the recipient of the $80,000 Bulgari award through the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Cattapan is a very widely exhibited and significant Australian artist, having begun his exhibiting career in 1978, he has lived and worked in the UK, Europe, India, South Korea and the United States. In 2008 a monograph ‘Jon Cattapan: Possible histories’ written by Dr Chris McAuliffe was published. Cattapan’s work is held in many important state, regional and university museums, including the National Gallery of Australia; The Australian War Memorial; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; The National Gallery of Victoria; The Queensland Art Gallery; The Art gallery of South Australia; The Art gallery of New South Wales, as well as private collections in Australia, Italy, India, UK and USA.


Subject Areas

  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)

Available for supervision


Contact Details

Phone Number: 90359142


"Lesson Plan 2: Lyndell Brown/Charles Green and Jon Cattapan"
Start: Thursday, November 3rd 2016 End: Friday, November 25th 2016
The Wind Cannot Read
Start: Saturday, July 9th 2016 End: Friday, July 29th 2016
Start: Friday, July 24th 2015 End: Saturday, September 26th 2015
Lesson Plan: A Collaboration
Start: Tuesday, July 7th 2015 End: Friday, July 31st 2015
I'll Be Your Mirror
Start: Thursday, October 16th 2014 End: Friday, November 14th 2014
Spook Country: A Collaboration
Start: Wednesday, August 20th 2014 End: Friday, September 19th 2014
Spook Country:A Collaboration
Start: Wednesday, August 20th 2014 End: Friday, September 12th 2014
Aftermath Pieces
Start: Friday, November 22nd 2013 End: Saturday, March 22nd 2014
Imagine a Raft (Hard Rubbish 4+5)
Start: Saturday, April 13th 2013 End: Monday, December 30th 2013
Recent Work - Milani Gallery
Start: Thursday, October 24th 2013 End: Friday, November 8th 2013
Atonal Group (ICY)
Start: Saturday, June 22nd 2013 End: Saturday, August 17th 2013
The Serial Art Exhibition for the Centennial Celebration of Nanjing University of the Arts 1912-2012
Start: Monday, December 3rd 2012 End: Tuesday, December 4th 2012
Jon Cattapan (self titled)
Start: Saturday, November 3rd 2012 End: Friday, November 23rd 2012
Imagine a Raft
Start: Wednesday, April 4th 2012 End: Friday, May 4th 2012
Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James C Sourris AM Collection
Start: Saturday, November 12th 2011 End: Saturday, February 18th 2012
Collaborative Witness: Artists' responses to the plight of asylum seekers and refugees
Start: Saturday, June 11th 2011 End: Saturday, August 6th 2011
Jon Cattapan New Paintings
Start: Wednesday, March 30th 2011 End: Friday, April 15th 2011
Start: Wednesday, September 1st 2010 End: Tuesday, March 1st 2011
Viridian Eye
Start: Thursday, June 24th 2010 End: Friday, July 23rd 2010
Jon Cattapan Possible Histories: Valley Nights
Start: Saturday, October 4th 2008 End: Saturday, November 15th 2008
Jon Cattapan
Start: Thursday, July 3rd 2008 End: Friday, August 1st 2008
Fondamenti Nove
Start: Saturday, November 24th 2007 End: Friday, February 1st 2008
Wonderful World
Start: Friday, October 12th 2007 End: Thursday, December 6th 2007
Jon Cattapan Recent Works
Start: Tuesday, October 23rd 2007 End: Friday, November 9th 2007
Jon Cattapan
Start: Friday, March 23rd 2007 End: Friday, April 20th 2007
The Melbourne Panels
Start: Tuesday, September 16th 2003 End: Saturday, December 30th 2006
Journal Forms + Carbon Groups
Start: Friday, October 27th 2006 End: Saturday, December 2nd 2006
Parallel Lives: A Survey of Australian Painting
Start: Friday, August 4th 2006 End: Saturday, November 11th 2006
The Drowned World: Jon Cattapan works and collaborations
Start: Saturday, May 13th 2006 End: Saturday, August 5th 2006
People's Choice
Start: Saturday, January 1st 2005 End: Friday, December 30th 2005
Tiny Signals
Start: Saturday, October 1st 2005 End: Tuesday, October 25th 2005
Tiny Signals
Start: Saturday, September 3rd 2005 End: Friday, September 23rd 2005
After Image
Start: Tuesday, March 15th 2005 End: Friday, April 1st 2005
After Images
Start: Saturday, February 5th 2005 End: Monday, February 28th 2005
See Here Now - The Vizard Collection
Start: Thursday, January 1st 2004 End: Thursday, December 30th 2004
Line Culture
Start: Thursday, August 26th 2004 End: Friday, September 17th 2004
Carbon Groups II
Start: Thursday, September 4th 2003 End: Friday, September 26th 2003
Start: Thursday, March 27th 2003 End: Sunday, May 4th 2003
Start: Tuesday, January 1st 2002 End: Monday, December 30th 2002
Jon Cattapan
Start: Sunday, September 1st 2002 End: Friday, September 20th 2002
On Paper
Start: Monday, January 1st 2001 End: Sunday, December 30th 2001
Vista: crowd
Start: Saturday, October 6th 2001 End: Tuesday, October 30th 2001
Jon Cattapan: The City Submerged
Start: Saturday, July 31st 1999 End: Saturday, September 18th 1999
Jon Cattapan


Authored Research Books

GREEN C, CATTAPAN J, GREEN L (2014), Framing Conflict: War, Peace and Aftermath (ISBN:978-1922252043)
BROWN L, GREEN C, CATTAPAN J (2014), Framing Conflict (ISBN:9781922252043)
MCAULIFFE C, CATTAPAN J (2008), Jon Cattapan Possible Histories, Melbourne University Press

Journal Articles Unrefereed

CATTAPAN J (2011), Night Vision Goggles, Vol 31, Issue 3

Publications of Creative Research

GREEN C, GREEN L, CATTAPAN J (2015), Colour my world: handcoloured Australian photography
CATTAPAN J (2012), John Vickery: Between the Lines, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

Creative Exhibited Works

CATTAPAN J (2007), Jon Cattapan, Kaliman Gallery
CATTAPAN J (2007), Jon Cattapan Recent Works, Bellas Milani Gallery
CATTAPAN J (2004), Line Culture, Kaliman Gallery
CATTAPAN J (2003), The Melbourne Panels, National Gallery of Victoria
CATTAPAN J (2002), Jon Cattapan, Bellas Milani Gallery
CATTAPAN J (2001), Jon Cattapan: The City Submerged, Wollongong City Gallery

Book Chapters Other

HEALY C, BURNS K, CATTAPAN J, NICHOLSON T (2006), The group discusses. , The drowned world: Jon Cattapan works and collaborations, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne

Journal Articles Refereed

GREEN C, BROWN L, CATTAPAN J (2015), The obscure dimensions of conflict: Three contemporary war artists speak, Vol 8, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.1179/1752627215Z.00000000069

Education and Training

  • Masters of Arts (Research) Monash M.A. (Research) , Monash University, 1993
  • Bachelor Fine Art (Painting) RMIT B.F.A. , Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1977
  • World-Pictures: Path-Finding Across a Century of Wars, 1917-2017 ( Discovery Projects ) awarded by AUST RESEARCH COUNCIL, 2017-2020
  • Establishing intercultural methodologies for practice-led research between Australian and Indonesian artists ( Dyason Fellowship ) awarded by UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, 2015-2015
  • War and Peace: How and Why Contemporary Conflict and its Aftermath is Framed by War Art ( Discovery Projects ) awarded by AUST RESEARCH COUNCIL, 2011-2015
  • ( ) awarded by , 2017-2017