Doig’s latest paintings show the strong influence of Trinidad’s island landscape even if, as always, his subjects are an amalgam of unrelated visual sources. The search to establish a unique mood for each painting remains constant; however, Doig now achieves this by different means. The artist has experimented with viewpoints that open up new forms of composition, recently taking photographs through a telescope, and kayaking around the rugged north coast of the island.
In these paintings the motif is often seen from a distant viewpoint across a shore or from the other side of a river. The artist’s eye and imagination is increasingly drawn to a strangeness of form that has an abstract, primal quality — and the staining paint effects conjure up gossamer-like images.