As the first Peter Doig (1959) portfolio, Ten Etchings was considered by the Scottish painter as “a way of cataloguing some of the work I had made over the previous years”. The previous works were a series of paintings he made between 1992 and 1995 altering photos from a personal collection, from newspapers, magazines, postcards, and books. The technique consisted also in cutting up and repeatedly photocopying, creating layer after layer of works, obtaining different versions.
His color etching technique, for which he usually used two plates, was conceptually very similar to the artist’s early pictorial techniques of building up painting and image in many stages.
The childhood and adolescence the artist spent in rural Quebec offered him the subject of this series. Three themes are recognizable: snowscape, woodland scene and modernist buildings (such as Le Corbusier’s Unité d’habitation in Briey, France) surrounded by lush vegetation.
All images © TATE and © Peter Doig.
Elizabeth Manchester, Peter Doig, Ten Etchings, 2008
Patrick Elliott, Jeremy Lewison, Contemporary Art in Print: The Publications of Charles Booth-Clibborn and his Imprint The Paragon Press 1995-2000, London 2001, pp.46-59, 307 and 334, reproduced p.50 in colour.
Peter Doig: Blizzard seventy-seven, exhibition catalogue, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1998.
Paul Bonaventura, ‘Peter Doig: A Hunter in the Snow’, Artefactum, autumn 1994, XI, 53, pp.12-15.