© Peter Doig. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2021.
From ‘Bugs – the Print Portfolio’ 2000
Although mostly acclaimed as a painter, Doig has regularly engaged in print-making using hard or soft ground etching, drypoint and aquatint, sometimes combining different techniques for particular works. He has published several portfolios of prints based on his own earlier paintings; one series called ‘Grasshopper’ showed vast landscapes seen from the perspective of an insect.
The insect chosen by Doig for this etching is one of the least appealing. The night-time predator is shown gorging on an expanse of exposed skin, the sinister shape and livid colour heightening the sense of menace.
The ten works which comprise 'Bugs – the Print Portfolio' were generously donated by the artists for publication by the Byam Shaw School of Art in London to use as a means of raising funds for post-graduate scholarships. The series was produced in 2000 in an edition of 90.