Peter Doig

United Kingdom, 1959

Peter Doig is a highly celebrated painter renowned for his charming yet unsettling figurative landscapes. In a contemporary revival of Magic Realism, he portrays disquieting scenes set in the Canadian countryside of his childhood. Counting Edvard Munch, Claude Monet and Gustav Klimt as his influences, his works possess a je ne sais quoi, maintaining a childlike quality to its mark making while being laden with conceptual and compositional virtuosity. Each painting is a snapshot in a fantastical narrative, informed in part by memory, documentation, and imagination. A lone house or abandoned boat overwhelmed by nature hint at a hidden presence. His unusual colour combinations, often juxtaposing soft pastels with rich, heavy shades and unexpected saturation, imbue the depicted moments with a sense of mystery and surrealism. Simultaneously burdened by reality and resonant of storybook illustrations, Doig unlocks our fascination with the modern-day mythical.

Born in 1959 in Edinburgh, Doig attended the Wimbledon, Saint Martin's and Chelsea Schools of Art in London. He was awarded the prestigious Whitechapel Artist Prize upon graduation, kickstarting what was to be a highly acclaimed career with a major solo exhibition. Since then, Doig’s oeuvre has been represented in public collections such as Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris; British Museum and Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; Goetz Collection, Munich; amongst others. He has also been the subject of major solo exhibitions at Tate Britain; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht; and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.

One of the most acclaimed figurative painters of his generation, Doig is a Turner prize nominee and has at one point held the highest auction record for a living European artist. He lives and works in Trinidad.

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