Edition Peter Doig
Bather for Secession, 2020
Editionsaccompanying the exhibition
Digital pigment print onto Somerset Radiant White Velvet 330gsm
128 x 97 cm
Ed. of 123, signed and numbered
British artist Peter Doig designed a special edition for the Secession, which is now available exclusively in our shop.
Peter Doig is one of the most influential painters working today. His spellbinding works combine planar forms and a palette that is as bold as it is subtle with vivid painterly gestures. His distinctive visual idiom interweaves personal recollections and found imagery with references to art history and pop culture in compositions that unfold into complex narratives.
Doig has repeatedly taken up and varied the motif of the bather in his paintings in recent years, two of which were on view in his 2019 exhibition in the main room of the Secession. The images are a homage to the American modernist painter, Marsden Hartley – a depiction of Robert Mitchum on a beach in Trinidad – but now Mitchum is nearly unrecognizable, an abstraction that allows Doig to experiment in paint handling and image-making. Organized as horizontal striations, the manifold color fields not only evoke a range of ambiances between day and night, they also draw attention to the means of painting. Doig is less interested in rendering identifiable, real scenes than in the interplay of representational and compositional elements that, weaving between reality and imagination, meld different planes of perception and recollection.
Doig was born in Edinburgh in 1959 and grew up in Trinidad and Canada before moving to London in 1979 to study painting. He currently lives and works in Trinidad, New York and London.Article sold out!