#PeterDoig is widely considered one of the most renowned contemporary figurative painters. Doig achieved his breakthrough in 1991 upon being awarded the prestigious Whitechapel Artist Prize.
Doig draws on personal memories and source imagery in his pursuit of exploring the slippage between reality, imagination and memory through painting. The material properties of paint and expressive possibilities of color thereby serve to approximate the foggy, inarticulate sensation of remembering. His practice maintains a thin and balanced line between landscape and figure, superimposing photographic imagery and memories, both real and imagined.
Bliss, 56x66,oil on canvas, 2014 Cole Collection, Highland Park, IL. I’m pretty sure this is the first meditation pose painting I’ve done, and it still feels like one of the most powerful. I had just begun creating a regular practice of meditation, and felt inspired to create this reflection of myself- the black symbolizing the darkness of my past, and the turquoise tones representing my interpretation of peace...the ebb and flow of my thoughts, like water moving over, under and through....
My practice today is daily, and I live -still with many challenges- but with a constant source of strength and calm. Bliss was a mighty (visual) vocalization of this part of my journey.