Neil Haddon

Purblind (Analgesic), 2009

high gloss enamel & oil paint on aluminium

170 x 150cm

From the artist

I am thinking of Tasmania's export of pain-killing opiates, of its current status as an analgesic island offering the possibility of temporary relief in dark times. However, the hope that this export can alleviate the world's pain is a vain one. Glover's view of golden harvests (the tamed Gothic wilderness) is replaced by dark imagery caught between the business-like export of respite and the brooding recognition of pain and suffering.

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