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

Peter Doig
Lapeyrouse Wall 2004
Oil on canvas

Private collection; fractional and promised gift to The Museum of Modern Art, New York in honour of Kynaston McShine © The artist

Peter Doig Bomb Island 1991 painting with an aerial view of a round island populated with buildings in the sea

Peter Doig
Bomb Island 1991
Oil on canvas

The Speyer Family Collection, New York © Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Peter Doig Ski Jacket 1993 painting of a  ski resort

Peter Doig
Ski Jacket 1993
Oil on canvas

Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz collection © Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Peter Doig Fisherman 2002 painting of a man in the jungle carrying a net

Peter Doig
Fisherman 2002
Watercolour and gouache on paper

Collection of Beth Swofford © The artistPhoto courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and Cologne

Peter Doig Friday 13th

Peter Doig
Friday 13th 1999

Private collector, Coral Gables, Florida USA © Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London

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.