Collection Online
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.