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.