The Melbourne panels
- oil on canvas
- (a-c) 200.6 × 545.0 cm (overall)
- Accession Number
- Australian Painting
- Credit Line
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Commissioned through the NGV Foundation by The Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation, Founder Benefactor, 2003
© Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
- Gallery location
- Not on display
- About the work
The contemporary city has been a central theme in Jon Cattapan’s painting in recent decades.The Melbourne panels demonstrate the artist’s continuing interest in panoptic views and the psycological mapping of urban space.
Each panel in this triptych reveals an iconic fragment of Melbourne city, a glittering metropolis suspended above layered fields of colour. Shimmering networks of light outline the various forms of the nocturnal city, and give the effect of sparkling constellations in the night sky. The recognisable forms of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Federation Square and city grid skyscrapers flicker against the colour-saturated ground.