Yet his landscapes are not real. Doig transfers on the canvas the scenery of his imagination. He admits that he does not know to paint a landscape from outdoor. He eagerly searches for images that best match the visual memories of his childhood in Canada, far beyond the possibilities of a verbal expression.
In the 1990s some themes come regularly such as the reflection of the scene in the calm water of a pond in a dreamlike effect that is indeed duplicated. His parallel universe is not completely wild. There must be a dwelling even if it is close to ruin. A barely sketched human figure sometimes appears.
On October 6 in London, Christie's sells an oil on canvas 170 x 170 cm painted in 1996 which offers all these characteristics. It is titled Camp Forestia by reference to the clubhouse on a lakeshore in Seattle of which an old photograph had been accepted within his mental paradise.
Camp Forestia is estimated £ 14M, lot 19. Please watch the video shared by Christie's. The image below under copyright of the artist is shared "for fair use" by Wikiart.
SOLD for £ 15.4M includng premium