Peter Doig, 1993

WAG 1993.81

About this object

© Peter Doig. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017.

'Blotter' won the first prize in the 1993 John Moores Painting Prize exhibition. The work was painted from a photograph, and shows the artist's brother standing on a frozen pond. The reflection was enhanced by pumping water onto the ice.

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 deliberately shown looking down into the reflection; this is to suggest inward thought, rather than some sort of contemplation of the scene.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Blotter 1993; Blotter
  • Artist(s)
    Peter Doig (British: Scottish, born:1959, died:unknown)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 249 cm x 199 cm
  • Physical description
    A picture of a young boy 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)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 10971
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by John Moores Family Trust in 1993
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 15
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


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