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27 July 2016

Melbourne artist Jon Cattapan has won the prestigious Gold Award, Queensland's richest art prize.

The $50,000 acquisitive prize, administered by the Rockhampton Art Gallery, was awarded for Cattapan's oil on linen piece, Raft City No. 4 Surveillance Version. According to the artist, it was inspired by rubbish marooned on Melbourne's streets, highlighting the makeshift nature of people's lives.

In 2008, Cattapan was an official war artist in Timor Leste with the Australian War Memorial. The experience led him to begin painting in night vision green and utilising topographical map marks in his work, which can be seen in the winning painting.

The work will be on display at the Rockhampton Art Gallery until 4 September, along with the work of eight other finalists. Cattapan's painting will then become a permanent fixture in the Rockhampton Art Gallery collection.

The Gold Award is a national biennial event, presented at the Rockhampton Art Gallery, as a joint initiative of Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust and Rockhampton Regional Council.

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