Analgesic Field (for Turner)

On my travels around the north of Tasmania I see the production of fifty per cent of the world’s pharmaceutical opiates. I think of pain and dark times. I think of Tasmania’s current exotic status, as an analgesic island, exporting its poppy straw panacea. This series of painting draws from a story about Turner, who on seeing a Constable painting (with a lot of red in it) that he regarded as superior to his own, decided to do something about it…

Neil Haddon


Partially abraded high gloss enamel and oil paint on aluminium