Artist: Peter Doig
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Nationality: British: Scottish
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Materials: Oil; Canvas
Information: © The Artist
'Blotter' won the first prize in the 1993 John Moores 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.
Accession no: WAG 1993.81
Credit line: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by John Moores Family Trust in 1993
Location: Walker Art Gallery, on display