Peter DoigEcho Lake 2000

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Peter Doig (born 1959)
Echo Lake
Date 2000
MediumEtching and aquatint on paper
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 260 x 210 mm
Acquisition Purchased 2000
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms


Echo Lake is one of twenty works produced by contemporary artists for the Cubitt Print Box in 2000. Cubitt is an artist-run gallery and studio complex in north London. In 2001 the complex moved from King’s Cross to Islington and the prints were commissioned as part of a drive to raise funds to help finance the move, and to support future exhibitions and events at the new gallery space. All the artists who contributed to the project had previously taken part in Cubitt’s programme. The portfolio was produced in an edition of 100 with twenty artists’ proofs; Tate’s copy is number sixty-six in the series.

This etching, executed in grey-green ink on soft porous paper, depicts a nocturnal scene. A man in a white shirt and dark tie and trousers stands on the edge of a lake, his arms raised to his head in a gesture that suggests he is shouting into the night. His face is blank and featureless. Behind him and to the left an American police car dominates the top third of the image. The car is positioned so that it too appears to look out into the lake. The dark landscape in which the figure and car are set is conveyed with abstract swirls. Eddying water reflects the man and the spindly branches of a tree on the far right of the image. The lake takes up more than half of the image… (read more)

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