Peter Doig artwork leads Bonhams sale



2015-06-26 10:43:55

Peter Doig artwork leads Bonhams sale

Bonhams auction of 20th century British and Irish art on November 14 will be headlined by an iconic artwork by Peter Doig, Road House, never before sold.

Road House was completed in 1989. It is a powerful and atmospheric image, and a testament to Doig’s artistic development. This was the a highly formative year for the artist, recognised as key in the development of his identity as a painter.

Between 1989 and 1990, Doig painted a series of seminal works that set the scene for ideas he would continue to explore throughout his career. Road House was one of these significant heralds of the style, expression and concept of the artist’s future oeuvre.

The image depicts an isolated house with blackened windows nestled among silvered birch trees. This simple vision is mysterious and haunting. The viewer is at once curious and drawn, and feels voyeuristic, a sense of trespassing. Doig often employs this atmosphere to evoke intrigue and the suggestion of an untold story.

Sense and time are uncertain, the image remains detached. It is arranged in three distinct horizontal segments, much like other seminal works from this period such as Hitch-Hiker (1989-90), and Grasshopper (1990), the latter sold for $1.4 million in November 2011. The Road House sits between two panels of block colours representing sky and earth. This leaves the image as a strip in the middle, reminiscent of a panoramic film strip, perhaps a Western.

Road House is expected to sell for £200,000-£300,000. It will be joined by other seminal works by British and Irish modern and contemporary artists, including Dame Elisabeth Frink R. A.’s sculpture ‘Leonardo’s Dog II’, 1992, (estimate £250,000-£350,000), Graham Sutherland’s ‘Head on a Balcony’, 1952 (estimate £200,000-£300,000) and Eduardo Paolozzi’s gigantic sculpture, ‘The Artist as Hephaestus’, 1987 (estimate £150,000-£250,000).

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