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In 1990, Peter Doig had just finished an MA at Chelsea School of Art and as a winner of the Whitechapel Artists Award was on the cusp of recognition. He was producing paintings that beat a path away from the mainstream: 'In the late 1980s and early 1990s most art had a clean, contemporary, slick look … I purposely made works that were hand-made and homely looking.' Distinctive Doig territory is staked out in 'Hill Houses', a frosty mirage that whiffs of narrative and memory, beckoning beyond the unframed canvas to something as un-contemporary as Monet's 'Water Lilies'.
oil on canvas
H 199.9 x W 239 cm
purchased from the Serpentine Gallery, 1991
verso upper l: PETER DOIG Dec. 1990/81 'HILL HOUSE'S'