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Ski Jacket was painted from a newspaper photograph of learner skiers on a Japanese mountain. The painted scene is reflected on both panels, producing a puzzling, dreamlike landscape.

The sense of unreality is increased by Peter Doig’s choice of colours: frosted pinks and golds. Doig often paints snow scenes because ‘snow somehow has the effect of drawing you inwards and is frequently used to suggest retrospection and nostalgia and make-believe’. But the sugary colour has an intensity which is disquieting.

September 2004