Peter Doig: explore the exhibition, room 5

Peter Doig Lapeyrouse Wall 2004 painting of a man walking along the pavement with is back to the viewer it is a very sunny day with a clear sky and the man has shading himself with an umbrella
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Peter Doig Bomb Island 1991 painting with an aerial view of a round island populated with buildings in the sea
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Peter Doig Ski Jacket 1993 painting of a  ski resort
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Peter Doig Fisherman 2002 painting of a man in the jungle carrying a net
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Peter Doig Friday 13th
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In this room Doig’s approach to painting is revealed in the genesis of images in drawings and sketches. Although apparently instinctive, there is also a conceptual aspect to the way he incessantly rethinks a motif. Large works are often preceded by a number of related studies on paper and smaller paintings on canvas. In these formats, the artist can more easily experiment and allow the surprise effects of different materials and mark-making to provoke new images and suggest new directions. 

He regularly uses a wide range of media in different combinations: watercolour, ink, sugar, charcoal, oil, pastel, coloured pencil and acrylic. Sometimes Doig reverses an image, estranging it, to create new relationships. In this process, the abstract qualities of the image can take hold. Working on paper provides a greater freedom for the image to remain unresolved and embody an element of curiosity.