I saw this in a gallery in Canberra a few years ago.
The text under the painting:
John PERCEVAL born Australia 1923 died Australia 2000 England 1963-65 Boy with cat 2 1943 Melbourne oil on composition board Purchased 1970 70.55 John Perceval painted _Boy with cat 2_ in 1942, when he was 20. It is a far cry from the depth of the soul. Painting expressively and with psychological insight, the artist reflected the intense frustrations of childhood, recalling his own difficult early years. The work is also connected with the collective psyche of a generation that grew up in the shadow of the Depression, crossing the bridge into adulthood in wartime Melbourne when discussions raged about human beings' capacity not only to destroy others but also to self-destruct in the process.