Peter Doig: Works on Paper

Doig, Peter
Binding: Hardback
Language: English
Pages: 192
Measurements: 22.00 x 27.00 cm

Though her introduction is brief and inconsequential, Margaret Atwood’s presence at the beginning of this beautifully produced volume underscores that, though Doig was born and educated in the U.K., and though he spent part of his life in Trinidad, his work derives exclusively—almost obsessively—from his years in Canada. The Canada that seeped into Doig’s bones is not the land of Shania and Gretsky; it’s the silent, interior “North” of Glenn Gould and Michael Snow, the home of the austere, Nordic modernism of the “Group of Seven” painters, the sepulchral rainforests of Emily Carr, the Freudian tundra of David Milne, and of Atwood’s own chilly dystopias. Executed with equal adeptness in watercolor, pastel and oil, his formally inventive recastings of a limited number of motifs—wintry landscapes, cabins, hooded figures facing away, people in canoes—also recall that other northern master, Edvard Munch. Doig’s source images are photographs, often archival, and his images exist in a dreamlike, haunted space where psychology, landscape and history intermingle uncomfortably.

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