Neil Haddon

Analgesic Field (for Turner), 2010

partially abraded high gloss enamel and oil paint on aluminium

170 x 150cm

From the artist

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...

Artist background

Born Epsom, Surrey, UK in 1967. Moved to Tasmania in 1996 after living in Barcelona, Spain for six years. Lives and works in Hobart. Exhibiting since 1990 in UK, Spain and Australia including 'Theatre of the World', MONA 2012, and other group shows at TMAG 2011, National Gallery of Victoria 2010, and Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne 2009. Finalist in Fleurieu 2008, Tidal Devonport Art Award 2006, and City of Hobart Art Prize 2005. Winner of Poimena Art Award 2005. Work held in collections of NGV, TMAG, City of Wyalla, Devonport Regional Gallery & Gold Coast Arts Cesntre.

Represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart & Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne