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  • 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
  • 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
  • Peter Doig Ski Jacket 1993 painting of a  ski resort
    Peter Doig
    Ski Jacket 1993
    Oil on canvas
  • Peter Doig Fisherman 2002 painting of a man in the jungle carrying a net
    Peter Doig
    Fisherman 2002
    Watercolour and gouache on paper
  • Peter Doig Friday 13th
    Peter Doig
    Friday 13th 1999

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.