PETER DOIG at Bailey Fine Arts (594 Spadina) to April 30. $5, stu $3. 416-819-3354. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Peter Doig may live in England, but he's still a Canadian romantic at heart, in love with, and somewhat in awe of, the natural world.A show of his prints, primarily etchings, at Bailey Fine Arts reveals a quieter, more reflective, side of the artist than the one he showed with oversized psychedelic canvases at the Power Plant.
In one stunningly beautiful work, a swimmer emerges from behind a rock jutting out of the Pacific surf. There's a shining innocence to the figure, who seems to be crawling from the primordial soup.
In another work, a man stands on a frozen pond contemplating with astonishment the ripples that can't possibly be appearing around his feet.
Before a restful yellow sky, a semi-abstract figure stands at the back of a motorboat on a lake.
As he peers down at the still water, he looks to be almost in prayer.
And in a wonderfully quirky work, a miniature rainbow bursts over a grey metal guardrail on the DVP, reminding us all, even in the midst of urban ugliness, of that special covenant Canadians have with the land.