Peter Doig

Scottish National Gallery

3 August – 3 November 2013

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The first major retrospective in Scotland of Peter Doig, whose paintings encapsulate a twilight world suspended between memory and fantasy.

Peter Doig’s paintings inhabit the dreamlike hinterlands of a poem. They are strange and exotic, yet almost always rooted in familiar symbolism.

His influences range from the gory to the sublime, like horror B movies, fetid swamps and snowy scenes. They incorporate cultural and childhood references, with many of his ideas originating from film stills and old photographs.

Born in Edinburgh, raised in Canada and now based in Trinidad, Doig’s paintings mix the aimless sensibility of a drifter with the faded aesthetic of a 1970s Polaroid snapshot.

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Doig’s paintings are unsettling in that the viewer is never able to shake off the ominous atmosphere that pervades even the most tranquil of scenes.

Figures in Red Boat is a hazy image depicting a group of people in a motorboat that seems to be drifting aimlessly. Dribbles of crimson paint bleed down from the boat into a pink lake below. All the works in the exhibition have been made since Doig moved to Trinidad in 2002.

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Opening times

Daily, 10am –​ 5pm (until 7pm Thur) Extended opening until 6pm during August

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