2020/21
Driven by a desire for peace and social justice, George Gittoes AM has created an exhibition that boldly confronts global environmental concerns, economies, and the implications of both for the future.

Created during the period of a global pandemic the exhibition Augustus Tower is about globalisation and the economic and environmental erosion of society and culture as we know it.

Gittoes unashamedly shares his opinion of what the ‘top end of town’ has been doing forever and how history is continuously repeating itself. Global issues he has been documenting for over 50 years are still relevant today.

The new paintings, their message and indeed some of the imagery have direct links back to earlier works previously painted by Gittoes.

“This new work has its origins in a suite of etchings titled ‘The Hotel Kennedy Suite’ I created in 1971 whilst in the grip of the Hong Kong flu. ‘The Hotel Kennedy Suite’ is a former iteration of the same narrative I am addressing today. Ironically, they were both produced during a time of connection to a major health issue”. George Gittoes 2021