Ben Aitken and Jon Cattapan

Renowned artist Jon Cattapan and emerging artist Ben Aitken recently began working together on a series of paintings. Cattapan is an art school Professor, heading the Victorian College of the Arts, while Aitken is largely self-trained, avoiding the standard pathway of tertiary art school education. Both artists exhibit regularly and produce a prolific output of work. The nature of the implied mentorship framework set up in this partnership is interesting for its insight into collaboration. As is the way the inherent characteristics of their practices interact on the level playing field of unified canvas size.


Dr Kent Wilson, Senior Curator Latrobe Art Institute  (introduction to the catalogue from 'Collaboratory' 2018. © Kent Wilson and LAI)