Blotter

Peter Doig, 1993

WAG 1993.81

About this object

‘Blotter’ won the John Moores Painting Prize in 1993. This was a turning point in Doig’s career and he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1994. ‘Blotter’ is regarded as one of his best works. The painting is based on a photograph of the artist’s brother standing on a frozen pond in Canada, where Doig was brought up. He pumped water over the ice to enhance the reflections. Of the painting, Doig has said: "The title refers to (amongst other things) the notion of one's being absorbed into a place or landscape, and to the process through which the painting developed: soaking paint into the canvas." The figure is looking down into his reflection to suggest inward thought. In Canada ‘blotter’ can also mean the carrier – blotting paper – used to soak up and share drugs like LSD.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Blotter
  • Artist(s)
    Peter Doig (British: Scottish, born:1959, died:unknown)
  • Date
    1993
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 249 cm x 199 cm
  • Physical description
    A painting of a young man wearing a blue coat and orange head band standing on a frozen pond. He is looking down at his reflection. The wintry scene is surrounded by tall trees and snow.
  • Related people
    Peter Doig (Artist/maker, previous owner); John Moores Family Trust (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 10971
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the John Moores Family Trust in 1993
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 15
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Peter Doig

    Owned from: 1993
    How acquired: Artist
    Owned until: 1993
    Disposal method: Purchased by the John Moores Family Trust
  • John Moores Family Trust

    Owned from: 1993
    How acquired: Purchased from the artist
    Owned until: 1993
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery

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