Sam Field

The Horizon


13 Castray Esplanade, Hobart 7000

27 May-20 June 2020

*Due to COVID-19, the opening night will not take place, however, the gallery will be open regular business hours*


Sam Field’s vibrant paintings critique historical narratives from Australian folk lore, adopting a frank and sometimes cynical perspective on human fallibility. This is Field’s second solo exhbition with Despard Gallery.

His latest exhibition, ’The Horizon’, considers the role that painting can play as a narrative tool. Painting as a medium has an almost indexical relationship to the genre of landscape, and as such the attempt to represent landscape is a tool of European imperialism. Hence painting in contemporary Australia is perpetually colonial, but also becomes the best tool through which to dismantle the master’s house. Field locates strategies in painting that are able to question how we narrate contemporary colonial relations. Paying tribute to Albert Namatjira’s complex history, embedded in the weight of the medium while heavy with Western bias towards representations of difference; reappropriating ‘the horizon’ to question how we relate to vegetation and non-human animals in the post-colony landscape; or, the use of text and childhood cinematic mnemonics as a generator for narrative enquiry – are all artistic strategies for the role of the artist in the current fabric of Australia.

-Fernando do Campo

Exhibition Runs:

27 May- 20 June, 2020

Gallery opening hours:

Mon – Fri  10am –  5pm
Saturday  10am – 4pm
Sunday by Appointment.