Despite this success, the themes of landscape and architecture do not adequately express modern life. In the late 1990s, Doig discovers how the geometry is an inevitable component in the vision of the contemporary world.
His series of Country rocks, around 1999, is the expression of new contrasts : between the linear structure of the highway and the amorphous look of the suburbs ; between the greyness of the surroundings and the rainbow of the memorial tunnel. An oil on canvas 195 x 270 cm was sold for £ 8.5 million including premium by Sotheby's on June 30, 2014.
On October 16 in London, Christie's sells The Heart of Old San Juan, oil on canvas 250 x 195 cm painted in 1999, lot 58 estimated £ 4M.
The inspiration for this painting may be compared with the Country rocks. Localized this time in Puerto Rico, its main element is a basketball court which offers its abstract geometry of lines, circles and panels in a rigorous bird-view perspective. The setting sun is an excuse for bringing a shimmering dimension to the green shades of the field.
Man is absent but his industry globally changed the scenery everywhere, including in the tropics. The refusal of the anecdotes does not prevent the immersion of the artist in this world where aesthetic shapes have been cleared by utilitarianism.
I invite you to play the video shared by Christie's.