The 2022 Victorian Salon des Refusés
This portrait was submitted to the Archibald and Darling Prizes.
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Cat#26 Dr. Caroline Thew
Dr. Norman Swan
Oil on Linen
75 cm w x 102 cm h
Physician and journalist, Dr. Norman Swan has made a decades long contribution to Radio National’s Health Report and ABC TV with well-researched content and reliable comment. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he has delivered vital information via the podcast Coronacast.
Norman’s strength is his ability to communicate complex issues and source information directly from experts. As the messenger, his fearless straight-talking can be unpopular. He is posed in the early morning light, to emphasise the contrast between illumination and darkness as a metaphor for the science-led way out of the pandemic and the uncertainty of these times.