Three Continents, The Peace Pipe, 1986
Jon Cattapan (Born 1956)
oil on canvas
148 x 180 cm
signed and dated upper right signed, dated and inscribed verso
Provenance: Realities Gallery, Melbourne
Literature: McAuliffe, C ‘Jon Cattapan: Possible histories, 2008, Pages 61-63 illustration p.62
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"In Three Continents, The Peace Pipe a former lover drifts away. The artist looks on bereft and somewhat wizened. He’s taken the knocks…and now sees something funny about his investment in desire". (Dr Chris McAuliffe from Jon Cattapan: Possible Histories)
“Three Continents, The Peace Pipe deals with the idea of change and new spaces to operate within. It details the break-up of a relationship. In the top left is a self-portrait as a pipe, the symbol of the artist as an ingestor of particular situations. In the bottom right is a woman in a two-dimensional travel cart moving tranquilly to an unseen destination. At the top right are a pair of fornicating elephants in the missionary position – an image I lifted from a Victorian engraving which for me became a very funny anecdote about sexual and moral preconceptions. Together the images are meant to form a relationship about emotions visited”. (Jon Cattapan – Artists Statement 1987)
Jon Cattapan is one of Australia’s most consistent, successful and celebrated painters. He was born in Melbourne in 1956 and studied at RMIT. He is now Professor Jon Cattapan and Director of the Victorian College of the Arts.
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.
In 2008 he represented Australia as an official war artist. In 2013 he won the prestigious and lucrative Bulgari Art Award. Cattapan has received numerous grants and overseas residencies and has been the subject of a documentary on ABC television.
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.
Jon Cattapan c. 1985