Etching and aquatint printed in colours (1996)
From the complete portfolio of 10. Signed in pencil and numbered from the edition of 35. Printed by Hope (Sufferance) Press, London. Published by the Paragon Press, London.
54 x 43 cm
Peter Doig’s artworks hover between the real and the imaginary. They are drawn from photographs and found imagery, as well as from memory. Doig has lived in Canada, Trinidad and England over his career, and his experience of these places has provided a richly varied source of imagery. Doig draws upon memory to create altered realities: disquieting landscapes, solitary figures and glimpses of buildings, surrounded by uninhabited woods.
‘Ten Etchings’ was Peter Doig’s first print portfolio, produced in 1996. By this time Doig was already a highly accomplished painter, producing canvases with exceptionally richly textured surfaces and varied colour palettes created with such mastery that he has emerged as one of the greatest painters of our time. The relationship between his paintings and his prints is pivotal to understanding Peter Doig’s work. He often uses etchings as a means to move visually from a photograph to a painting. By creating a print, the visual nature of the subject begins to evolve, leading to the creation of his monumental canvases.
Doig’s second print portfolio entitled ‘From 100 Years Ago’ are much larger than previous prints, and they use a technique Doig had not previously worked with: photo-etching. Most of the images in the portfolio are based on photographs transferred on to the copper printing plates through a light sensitive process, which are then re-worked to achieve painterly effects. Again- these prints are very closely related to his paintings, and were first created in conjunction with an exhibition of paintings in London, also entitled ‘From 100 Years Ago’.
Doig has been internationally recognised as one of Contemporary Art’s greatest talents through exhibitions of his work at the MOMA, The National Gallery in Canada, The Saatchi Gallery, The Pompidou Centre and more recently at Tate Britain. He has become one of the most highly sought after and collected artists of our time.