In the words of Will Gompertz,
"Doig realised what he had been holding him back, it wasn't moving to a new environment that inspired him but it was actually moving from an old one".This was underlined further by direct quote from Peter Doig which was
"I have to leave somewhere before I can paint it"This seemed to particularly resonate with me, not only for my own childhood where I too was rather disrupted in my early upbringing and education, having started out life in a very far away place, some 6 to 7000 miles away in Peru, (South America). With an early lifestyle during the 1960s that I could only describe as being almost idyllic for a child, open freedom and a very privileged safety to roam in a remote but industrious textile town / (actually the size of a small village) where everyone knew , who I was, knew our family, (my dad was the factory boss), and it seemed, everyone liked him for bringing wealth and prosperity for them, to quite a deserted place. My return to the UK at the age of six, did not set me up very well for my later adolescence. It is only now, some 45+ years later, that I realise that this early disruption and uncertainty has probably had a lasting effect in some ways on my own personality. I have felt that I've been a bit of a nomad ever since. Perhaps I am still searching for something that is lost. Interestingly, it's only recently, in the last couple of years or so, that I now know that I will never find it.
Whatever "it" is, could very well be a sublimated driver for me to express this loss through my art? With this in mind, my research into "Things left Behind", seems even more pertinent...
(Reference; "Think Like an Artist", Will Gompertz, 2015. Penguin Paperback Books, London.)