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Peter Doig – No Foreign Lands (National Galleries of Scotland)

By | Published on Thursday 15 August 2013

Doig’s large-scale cinematic paintings feel well at home in the spacious halls of the Scottish National Gallery. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s work, from 2000 until the present day, as he rediscovers his childhood home of Trinidad. His themes are reminiscent of Gauguin but ultimately, his wariness of romanticising the idea of the ‘exotic’ sets him apart. Using architectural elements from the Trinidad scenery, he creates surreal and dreamlike compositions. We are also given access to many painstaking preliminary sketches and etchings, allowing us an exciting insight into the artistic process. Take your time going through this enjoyable exploration of Doig’s recent work, a must for anyone with any doubts that painting is still relevant in 2013.

Scottish National Gallery, until 3 Nov, 10.00am.
tw rating 5/5 | [Sophie Nicoll]