I had the chance to see Peter Doig’s paintings in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark this summer. It was an unforgettable experience to see his work in person.
I was particularly amazed by the painterly qualities, sometimes the paint seems to be thinned and marbled, almost watercolour like, and sometimes piled high in small dots.
Among Doig’s sources of imagery are his own photographs, captures from his videos, pictures from books, and details drawn from commercial advertising, travel posters and post cards. He kind of transforms these stilled images to unstilled subject matter. His large scale paintings seem to flow within their own time and space and as Doig says ‘I want to make people think about other things’.
What Doig says in the catalogue about his time occupied in the studio applies also to what viewers encounter: “Painting is about working your way across the surface, getting lost in it. The large size of the paintings is about the idea of getting absorbed in them, so you physically get lost.” It was great to get lost in Doig’s paintings at Louisiana. Magical!