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Urban landscape II



Sallie Moffatt


1968 -


Sallie Moffatt studied at the National Art School from 1995-1997 and was selected for inclusion in the Portia Geach Portrait Prize and the Mornington Peninsula National Works on Paper Award in 1999 (and as a result a drawing was acquired for the collection via the Beleura-Tallis Foundation). She was also a finalist for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship in 1999.

Sallie Moffatt finds all her subject matter by looking out the window of her home in an upstairs apartment of a building in a lane off Elizabeth Street, near Central Station. High-rise buildings in juxtaposition with terraces, a railway bridge or lamp post, in varying tones using charcoal, from rubbed-in grey to black to create the smoky light of the city precinct of Sydney have become her forté.

This drawing was amongst the handful of outstanding inclusions in the Dobell Drawing Prize 2000 held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This work was acquired by the Gallery in 2000.


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

charcoal on white wove paper


106.0 x 75.3 cm sheet ; 121.5 x 90.0 x 4.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 2000


Not on display

Accession number


Dobell Prize for Drawing

- 2000

Artist information

Sallie Moffatt

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 5 publications


Helen Campbell, Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, ‘Other works acquired from the Dobell Prize for Drawing’ compiled, pg. 62-72, Sydney, 2012, 11, 69 (illus.), 76.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'A fine harvest of drawings: legacy of an exceptional draughtsman', pg. 28-31, Sydney, Nov 2011, 31.

Hendrik Kolenberg, The Dobell Prize for Drawing: 1993-2004, ‘Introduction’, pg. 8-9, Sydney, 2004, 9, 45 (colour illus.), 53.

Anne Ryan, Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years, 'Past and present: reflecting the diversity of Gallery's largest collection', pg. 54-56, Sydney, May 2003, 55.

Anne Ryan, Look, ‘Paper collection’, pg. 12-13, Melbourne, Jul 2001, 12-13 (colour illus.).