|Peter Doig, Night Playground, oil on canvas, 1997-98|
Colors waver in and out of other colors, and details are either done with great execution or left out completely. In "Night Playground" there are figures walking towards something or someone while their limbs disappear into nothingness. It as if he is painting while his brain is still asleep. The lights look dreamy and hallucinatory. They shimmer the same way that Van Gogh depicted light in "Starry Night Over the Rhone". One can feel the wind and the leaves rustling while looking at these trees. He creates a feeling that might take minutes in a movie or performance to amalgamate, but he captures it in one shot.
|Peter Doig, Orange Sunshine, oil on canvas, 1995|
I think that what drew me to Peter Doig was the fact that his paintings encompass the natural and the unreal, the light and the darkness, as well as the old and the new. The images that he paints from seem to conjure up a feeling in him that is based on emotion, not logic. When his paintings are done, there is a feeling that was not in the image prior. I wonder what he will do next, so does Peter Doig. This is why I enjoy him and his work.