Published by The Miegunyah Press / The University of Melbourne
This book, a full colour monograph written by Dr Chris McAuliffe, constitutes the first full account of the practice of one of Australian’s most highly regarded contemporary artists. The text maps the aesthetic and conceptual evolution of Cattapan’s practice from early surrealist inspired works that emerged during his punk rock drenched student days in Melbourne, to more recent articulations of postmodern subjectivity, conveyed through his depictions of pulsing and fragmented urban environments.
Enjoying a long association with Cattapan, including curating a major survey exhibition of his work at the Ian Potter Museum of Art in 2006, Dr McAuliffe provides a unique insight into the complex range of themes and creative strategies adopted by the artist over the past three decades. With unlimited access to the artist and his studio, Dr McAuliffe incorporates extensive interviews and commentaries, alongside numerous illustrations of Cattapan’s source materials and working processes.