Peter Doig


John Moores winner 1993

Oil on canvas 249 x 199cm


Peter Doig was born in Edinburgh in 1959. He studied at Wimbledon School of Art, St Martin's School of Art and Chelsea College of Art. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994.

"'Blotter' was painted from a photograph I took of my brother standing on a frozen pond. The reflection was enhanced by pumping water onto the ice. It is a variation of earlier paintings that have been more reliant on the imagination.
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 onto 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."

Peter Doig in his studio, 1993

Watch our video interview with Peter Doig to find out more about 'Blotter'.