is set in between seasons, Winter transitioning into Spring. The painting
depicts a landscape scene of trees and mountains. "I
often use heightened colors to create a sense of the experience or mood or
feeling of being there... We have all seen incredible sunsets. We've all
experienced the sensation of light dropping and producing strange natural
effects and I think in a way I am using these natural phenomena and amplifying
them through the materiality of paint and the activity of painting. When I was
making the 'snow' paintings I was looking at Monet, where there is this
incredibly extreme, apparently exaggerated use of color." The artist
cited. In this painting, a cluster of tall red pines stands against a vivid
orange sky flecked with iridescent flakes of falling snow. Standing before the
painting, one is struck by the surrounding of the mountain landscape.
stillness of the untamed mountain idyll is broken by the silhouetted form of a
snowboarder, mid tail-grab picked out against the dazzling sun in the upper
center of the composition. This subverts the notion of the insignificance of man
before untamed nature. The painting's surface, built up of layer upon layer of
pigment is at times translucent, the oils seep and bleed into one another, at
times running down the canvas in serendipitous arabesques. Elsewhere the
surface positively glistens, as in the sky where flecks of white paint create a
snowstorm that draw our eye back to the picture's surface.
The artist, Peter Doig is Scottish born, who as a child moved to Canada where he grew up. His works are often rendered from a photograph, yet he does not replicate the image and is described as possessing of a magical realism. Through this painting, Doig fuses techniques studied from art history with overtly contemporary images, mining the rich seam between painting and photography, between the popular and the sublime. Doig is primarily an imagistic painter and works from a visual archive of pictures and photographs culled from newspapers, postcards, film and album covers.