Anti-lockdown Melbourne 2021
acrylic on ply
Dimensions (H x W x D)
74 x 91 cm
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection
© courtesy of the artist and Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney
This painting from Glenn Morgan’s body of work, 'Covid Madness', offers a very personal and poignant response to Melbourne's tumultuous experience of the COVID-19 lockdowns. As always, Morgan’s passionate messages are conveyed with humour, whimsy and profound emotion.
‘This body of work is mainly inspired by the chaotic images of the appalling behaviour of the so called ‘freedom marchers’ that were beamed into our homes on TV. I just couldn’t believe people could behave so badly. Images appeared of police horses being punched and struck with flag poles, dogs being kicked, people being punched, reporters and tv crews attacked, nurses harassed and abused not to mention the disrespectful behaviour at the Shrine of Remembrance. All for what? Sorry, I just don’t get it. We also had reports of many people giving up their careers because they refused to get vaccinated. Sorry, I still don’t get it. The past couple of years have been difficult, but have supplied me with a lot of source material to make images from.’ - Glenn Morgan, 2022