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Peter Doig 'Alice at Boscoe's

Peter Doig 'Alice at Boscoe's

Peter Doig (b.1959)
Alice at Boscoe's (D2-3), 2023
Diasec-mounted Giclée print on aluminum composite panel
Edition of 250 + 25 APs
Hand signed and numbered recto
Published by Heni Editions, London
Framed Dimensions 40.95 in H x 53.54 in L (104 x 136cm)


From Heni Editions: "Made after Peter Doig’s Alice at Boscoe’s (2014-2023) painting, the artwork embodies many of the captivating formal qualities that occur throughout Doig’s Trinidadian works. In particular, Doig’s use of color in these works has earned him comparisons to the likes of Paul Gauguin. This is seen in Alice at Boscoe’s through the saturated oranges and reds of the hammock and brickwork that loudly sing from the picture plane and contrast with the deep greens of the tropical foliage. The brickwork and tiling that dominate the composition are some of Doig’s favored motifs, appearing in many guises in his work beyond Trinidad, that conspire to transform the mundane in something visually arresting and captivating to the imagination.  

Despite the eye-catching vibrant color, there is an introspective and quiet quality to Alice at Boscoe’s. Alice, shown deep in contemplation or slumber, is painted translucently, so much so that the background greenery can be seen through her lifted legs almost as if she is melting away into the Trinidadian air. Compared to her bold surroundings, Alice appears almost like a pale and ghostly apparition, evoking the isolated lone figures that crop up frequently across Doig’s oeuvre, here evoking a sense of transience and emotional distance.  

As is often the case with Doig’s work, the vivid and hypnotizing Alice at Boscoe’s started its life as a photograph, this time an image taken of his daughter Alice, then aged 10, slumped in a hammock at the family’s house in Trinidad. The photograph then became a painting and was finally completed in Doig’s London studio in 2023, after a careful nine-year period of gestation."

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