Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

During a recent visit to Edinburgh I visited the Peter Doig exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery.  It was a great opportunity to see numerous large canvases painted in the last ten years, as well as sketches, prints, and some of the photos he uses as reference materials. Born in Scotland and spending his youth in Canada, Doig now lives in Trinidad and this exhibition displays his paintings of lush vegetation, people playing cricket or ping pong, climbing trees or on a boat, with rich green and blue backgrounds.

I particularly liked the different versions of Lapeyrouse Wall, which depict a man walking with a pink parasol against a wall in bright light, as these paintings and prints show the working processes that the artist goes through when creating a painting; the differing options that are considered before making a final work. In one room posters are displayed that he made while showing classic films at StudioFilmClub which he runs with another artist in Trinidad. The way in which he loosely paints familiar film titles are both fascinating and immediate.  

The exhibition continues until 3 November. 

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