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About Peter Doig - British Painter

Updated on August 26, 2016
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Katherine has researched and written about many British, European and Japanese Artists - both past and present

Find out about Peter Doig

Peter Doig (1959 - present) is one of Britain's most prominent and exciting young painters.

He broke auction records for a living European artist in 2007 when his painting White Canoe sold for $11.7million at Sotheby's.

For more information and about his life and work consult the various links below which advise where you can see it - in museums and online - and read about it

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Peter Doig - biographical information

1959: Born in Edinburgh, lives in Trinidad

1960-79: Lived in Trinidad, Canada, London

1979-80: Wimbledon School of Art

1980-83: St Martin's School of Art, BA

1989-90: Chelsea School of Art, MA

1995-2000: Trustee of Tate Gallery, London

Peter Doig in a British painter who was born in Edinburgh in 1959. He was raised in Canada before moving to London in 1979 to study art. He initially studied at the Wimbledon School of Art (1979-80). Subsequently Doig graduated from St. Martins School of Art (1980-83) and the Chelsea School of Art (1989-90).

He then moved to Trinidad, where he now lives and works.

In terms of public recognition for his work:

* In 1991 he won the Whitechapel Art Gallery's Artist Award;

* In 1993 he was awarded first prize at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition.

* He was short-listed for the 1994 Turner Prize.

* He has acted as a trustee for the Tate Gallery, London since 1995.

* His work has appeared in group shows at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Kunsthalle Wien and the Serpentine Gallery and was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.

* In 2007, his painting White Canoe broke auction records for the value of a painting sold by a living artist

Other venues for his solo shows have included the Whitechapel Gallery, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami.

BOOK: Peter Doig (Contemporary Artists)

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)

An overview of the work of Peter Doig by Adrian Searle, Chief Art Critic at the Guardian who has written extensively about the work of Peter Doig - and Kitty Scott, the Chief Curator at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Peter Doig (Contemporary Artists)
Peter Doig (Contemporary Artists)

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Phaidon Press (January 1, 2007)

 

I'm not trying to make paintings look like photos.

I want to make paintings using photos as a reference, the way painters did when photography was first invented.

— Peter Doig

Peter Doig

I am always interested in what we miss when we try to focus on what we see.

For example, when you take a photo you will always feel a bit disappointed after the exposure, because it's never representing what you perceived when you took it.

— Peter Doig

VIDEO: Peter Doig: famous artists 'are quickly forgotten'

The acclaimed Scottish painter Peter Doig's new exhibition opens this week, but he tells Katie Razzall that the high value of his work "doesn't give me confidence".

NEW BOOK: Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands - Michael Werner (Editor)

Catalogue which is being published in association with Doig's first major exhibition in the country of his birth, No Foreign Lands - which showcases works created during the past ten years, much of which has been created in Trinidad which is now his home.

The exhibition 'No Foreign Lands' can be seen at the Scottish National Gallery (3rd August - 3rd November 2013)

Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands
Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Hatje Cantz (August 15, 2013)

 

About Peter Doig's Artwork

Romantic Realism by Painting from Photographs?

Peter Doig creates dreamlike paintings said to have a hallucinatory palette with expressive brushwork. He uses photographs to paint from but creates paintings which can never be mistaken for a photograph.

Doig engages with a tradition of romantic realism while, at the same time, his work has had a deep influence on contemporary painting. His paintings have been noted for an intriguing balance of figurative art with abstract surface qualities.

His influences include Edvard Munch and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Acid colours and a loose technique suggest comparisons with Post-Impressionists such as Bonnard. The attention paid to contemporary leisure space can be compared with the work of the German photographer Andreas Gursky.

Doig's overall theme explores the relationship between man and his environment. Peter Doig's canoes - memories of living in Canada - have become a seminal image in his work.

Reference sources for his paintings are photographic sources: film stills, newspaper photos, postcards, album covers plus other randomly found images.

Other inspirations are the changing environments and societies in which he has lived, from the ski-slopes and frozen lakes of his Canadian childhood, to the tropical landscapes of the Caribbean and the urban environment of London and Port of Spain.

From these he creates images as pictorial tableau.

Peter Doig's painting techniques

One of the most popular searches on Google in relation to Peter Doig concerns his painting techniques - so here's what I could find about how he paints!

VIDEO: Artist and Curator in Conversation: Peter Doig and Heidi Zuckerman - an interview in Berkeley

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Peter Doig talks about his work and how it has progressed over time

This a conversation between artist Peter Doig and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, director and chief curator of the Aspen Art Museum.

Doig doesn't make art to glance at; you have to work at understanding what he is saying to be able to appreciate it.

— Will Gompertz

Articles about Peter Doig

Other articles include:

Peter Doig: Charley's Space, exh. cat., Maastricht, 2003, n.p. (illustrated in color).

Parkett, vol. 67, Zürich and New York, 2003 (illustrated in color on the back cover).

A. Searle, K. Scott and C. Grenier, eds., Peter Doig, London, 2007, p. 11, 158 (illustrated in color).

K. A. Fitzgerald, "Peter Doig, A Mid-Career Retrospective at Tate Britain," Culture 24, 5 February 2008 (illustrated in color).

C. Darwent, "Peter Doig, Tate Britain, London," The Independent, 10 February 2008, p. 55 (illustrated in color).

B. Schwabsky, "Glimpses Beyond the Edge," Art in America, vol. 96, no. 5, May 2008, p. 171 (illustrated in color).

M. Farine, "Peter Doig, ses peintures atmospheriques," L'oeil, June 2008, p. 35 (illustrated in color).

L'object d'art, June 2008, p. 35 (illustrated in color).

B. Louis, "Peter Doig," Monopol, no. 3, 2008, p. 101 (illustrated in color).

I don't think my paintings are reactionary in the way they look back.

I hope they are about looking forward. I believe in the future of art, but not necessarily in the way it is told. I find a lot of work done 100 years ago more forward looking than what was done in the last ten years.

— Peter Doig

BOOK: Peter Doig - Catalogue for the Tate Exhibition 2008

Peter Doig
Peter Doig

Hardcover: 160 pages

Publisher: Tate/D.A.P.; First Edition edition (July 1, 2008)

 

Exhibitions of artwork by Peter Doig

2013: Scottish National Gallery retrospective

2008: Tate Britain retrospective

2006: Art Gallery of Ontario

2005: Dallas Museum of Art; The Gallery of Windsor

2004: Metropolitain Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover

2003: Charley's Space Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht ; Carré d'Art contemporain de Nîmes, France

2002: 100 Years Ago Victoria Miro Gallery, London

2001: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

2000: Echo Lake Matrix, University of California, Berkeley; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Saint Louis Art Museum,

Missouri; Almost Grown The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

1999: Version Kunsthaus, Glarus, Switzerland wing-mirror, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York

1998: Peter Doig: Blizzard seventy-seven Kunsthalle Kiel; Kunsthalle Nürnberg; Whitechapel Gallery, London

1996: Homely Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany

1994: Concrete Cabins Victoria Miro Gallery, London

The cover features the painting which won the John Moore Painting competition which won him £20,000 at the point where the bills were mounting up and his credit card companies were asking him to cut up his cards! It was probably the major turning point in his career.

Peter Doig: Charley's Space
Peter Doig: Charley's Space

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers (July 2, 2003)

 

Peter Doig - by Richard Shiff (Author), Catherine Lampert (Author), Peter Doig (Contributor)

Sais to be the most comprehensive monograph on Turner Prize-nominated artist Peter Doig.

However I recommend that you do read the criticisms of the presentation of the images before considering buying this book.

Peter Doig
Peter Doig

Hardcover: 400 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli (October 11, 2011)

Richard Shiff is a renowned art historian and critic. Catherine Lampert is an independent curator and writer based in England.

 

BOOKS: Peter Doig - works on paper - books from Amazon

A full-color monograph which documents and displays Doig's first show dedicated solely to his paper works of the past 14 years.

Exhibition Dates:

* Dallas Museum of Art beginning September 13, 2005

* The Gallery of Windsor beginning December 4, 2005

* Art Gallery of Ontario beginning March 8, 2006.

Peter Doig: Works on Paper
Peter Doig: Works on Paper

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (January 3, 2006)

 

BOOK: Peter Doig: Works on Paper - by Peter Doig (Author), Adrian Searle (Author)

This is the first publication devoted to Peter Doig's work on paper. Adrian Searle - the Guardian art critic and an early supporter of Doig's work - provides an essay commenting on Doig's work

Peter Doig: Works on Paper
Peter Doig: Works on Paper

Paperback: 50 pages

Publisher: Michael Werner Gallery (July 2003)

includes over 40 large, full-color illustrations

 

Peter Doig in Museums and Art Galleries

2006: Art Gallery of Ontario

2005: Dallas Museum of Art; The Gallery of Windsor

2004: Metropolitain Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover

2003: Charley's Space Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht ; Carré d'Art contemporain de Nîmes, France

2002: 100 Years Ago Victoria Miro Gallery, London

2001: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

2000: Echo Lake Matrix, University of California, Berkeley; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Saint Louis Art Museum

Missouri; Almost Grown The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

1999: Version Kunsthaus, Glarus, Switzerland wing-mirror, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York

1998: Peter Doig: Blizzard seventy-seven Kunsthalle Kiel; Kunsthalle Nürnberg; Whitechapel Gallery, London

1996: Homely Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany

1994: Concrete Cabins Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Peter Doig Artwork at Auction

In 2007 a painting by Peter Doig Called "White Canoe" sold for $11.3 million at Sotheby's in London and set the auction record for a sale of a painting by a living European artist

August 2011: Red Boat (Imaginary Boys) - £6,201,250 ($9,897,195) against a £1.4-1.8 million estimate

© 2010 Katherine Tyrrell

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Hello from a Squidoo Greeter! Peter Doig's art is very different in style, I really like it.

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