Peter Doig

Peter Doig

Youth and experience have made an unusual artist of Peter Doig (born 1959 in Edinburgh, Scotland). After a childhood spent in Trinidad and Canada, Doig only returned to Great Britain at the age of twenty in order to study art. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994, which cemented his public recognition.Themes of magical realism are recurrent through Peter Doig’s paintings, capturing timeless moments of perfect tranquillity. Based in both Canada and Trinidad, Doig´s dreamlike landscapes are often scattered with ghostly human traces.

“It's as if memories suddenly spring up from the place I have just left and I have to work through them to get to that elsewhere."

Peter Doig

Famous for his magical realism, the artist often draws inspiration from his Canadian childhood. Peter Doig’s canoes have become an inspiring image in his work; their reflection in the water is a fantasy mirror to the unknown. This inventive style, sensuous palette and suggestive imagery are also maintained in Peter Doig’s prints through the mastery use of different printmaking techniques. Peter Doig is one of a number of pioneering contemporary figurative artists, and recent major solo exhibitions have been staged at institutional venues, including Fondation Beyeler, Basel; National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal; Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; and Tate Britain, London.