Peter Doig – Zermatt

4 min read  ·  13 Jun 2022

HENI Editions and Fondation Beyeler are delighted to announce the release of six limited-edition prints with Peter Doig, based on his 'Zermatt' paintings.

'Zermatt' (D1) is a series of six enthralling Giclée prints on Cotton Smooth Rag, based on original snowscape paintings by Peter Doig and published by HENI Editions in collaboration with Fondation Beyeler. Each print is hand signed by the artist on the front and framed in oak with Optium Tru Vue Acrylic Glass. There are 250 editions, plus 25 artist proofs, made of each print.

A collection that marks the artist’s first return to snowscapes since the 1990s, ‘Zermatt’ is also Doig’s first thematic group of works. The series was conceived in 2018, when Swiss architect and artist Heinz Julen offered Doig his chalet in the idyllic resort town as an artistic prompt to paint his surroundings.

Compositionally and conceptually, Doig was inspired by ski posters designed to attract people to the mountains. Characterised by a delicate balance of dynamic skiers and majestic, snow-covered landscapes, simple yet enticing, the images prompted Doig to produce his own series of painted posters. As such, ‘Zermatt’ joins Doig’s history of making posters, including those made for his Studio Film Club in Trinidad.

Relying largely on memory to construct images based on his experiences in Zermatt, Doig drew upon a range of inspirations – from the town’s strong religious tradition and the danger of its landscape, to memories of skiing and commuting to the slopes. His view of the resort town was undeniably influenced by Derek Walcott’s descriptions of Zermatt in his generative series of poems, ‘The Prodigal’ (2006).

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Couloir 1 (D1-1) from Zermatt, Peter Doig, 2022

The six 'Zermatt' paintings deemed by Doig to be the most 'poster-like' in size and appearance have been translated here into facsimile prints. Originally conceived as a series of painted posters on paper, the ‘Zermatt’ paintings take on a new dimension as prints, bringing these images into the format that inspired them to become, as Doig calls them, ‘art posters’.

Peter Doig – Zermatt
Series: D1
Medium: Giclée Print on Cotton Smooth Rag, Oak frame with Optium Tru Vue Acrylic Glass
Details: Numbered and hand signed
Dimensions: 114 x 80 cm
Edition Size: Edition of 250 + 25 APs
Date: 2022