Photograph: 2018 winner Neil Haddon, in front of his work "The Visit". Photo: Jessica King
A Tasmanian artist and University of Tasmania lecturer, Neil Haddon, took out the 2018 Hadley’s Art Prize, winning $100,000 for his depiction of British author H.G. Wells cycling through a nominal ‘Tasmanian’ landscape. Haddon’s winning piece, titled The Visit, is a textural painting on contrasting surfaces, layered with meaning, alluding to Wells’ infamous science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds, as well as colonial artist, John Glover, and French artist, Paul Gauguin, to explore contact history.
Hadden’s piece has been acquired by Hadley’s Orient Hotel and will be available for the public to visit.
Four Highly Commended Awards, worth $2,250 each, were also presented to artists Jacobus Capone, Tjukupati James, Daisy Japulija and Betty Kuntiwa Pumani.
The 2018 judges included Principal Curator of Art at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Jane Stewart, leading Australian artist Michael Zavros and Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Clothilde Bullen
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