Snow scene (Chamonix)
Oil on plywood: 15.7(h) x 23.7(w) in /
40(h) x 60.3(w) cm
Signed, dated and inscribed on the reverse: PETER DOIG / To Gail and Peter Johnson / ‘Snow scene’ / (Chamonix) 1995
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Born Edinburgh 1959
Snow scene (Chamonix)
Signed, dated and inscribed on the reverse: PETER DOIG /
To Gail and Peter Johnson / ‘Snow scene’ / (Chamonix) 1995
Oil on plywood: 15 ¾ x 23 ¾ in / 40 x 60.3 cm
Frame size: 17 x 25 in / 43.2 x 63.5 cm
Willa Johnson, Canada, a gift from the artist
‘I often paint scenes with snow because snow somehow has the effect of drawing you inwards and is frequently used to suggest retrospection and nostalgia and make-believe,’ Peter Doig, 1994.
Peter Doig is celebrated for his atmospheric snow scenes, drawing on art historical references from Brueghel to Monet, as well as manipulated film stills and photographic images. Filtered through his youthful experience of winter sports in rural Quebec, Doig’s representations of snow invoke retrospection and nostalgia, depicting landscape as incident or mood rather than specific place. Here Doig skilfully uses the patterns of plywood grain through a translucent wash to suggest snow drifts, the undulating lines paralleled by the tapering branches of bare trees.
Born in Edinburgh in 1959, Peter Doig was raised in Trinidad (1962-66) and Canada (1966-1979) and trained in London at Wimbledon School of Art (1979-1980) and St Martin’s School of Art (1980-83, BA). He returned to Canada in 1986, before moving back to London in 1989, where he studied at Chelsea School of Art (1989-1990, MA). Doig won the Whitechapel Artist Award in 1991 and in 1993 won first prize in the John Moore’s Liverpool Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery. He was also awarded the inaugural Eliette von Karajan Prize and in 1994 was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. From 1995-2000, the artist was a Trustee of Tate Gallery, London. Doig moved to Trinidad in 2002, and now lives between the Caribbean island, London and New York.
Peter Doig, Ski Jacket, 1994 Peter Doig, Pink snow, 1991
Tate MoMA, New York
 Peter Doig cited in Paul Bonaventura, ‘Peter Doig A Hunter in the Snow’, Artefactum, 9 / Autumn 1994, p.13.