Peter Doig

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Date of Birth: 1959
Place of Birth: Edinburgh, UK
Date of Death: -
Focus: Painter
Art movement: Realism, Impressionism, Abstraction
Nationality: British, Scottish

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Peter Doig Biography

Peter Doig has won multiple awards for his paintings: The awards include the Young Artist Award and the Whitechapel Artist Award, both in 1991. In addition, he was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994.

Doig is a prolific painter. He is continually evolving as a painter, and has exhibited his body of work in numerous countries on at least three continents. His work is heavily informed by old photographs, films and aspects of today’s visual culture.

Doig is renowned for the collection of paintings that depict apartment dwellings in Briety-en-Foret in France. The paintings feature contemporary urban buildings that are revealed in part, yet hidden by a forest.

Canoes are a recurring motif in Doig’s paintings. His 1990-91 painting, White Canoe, sold for $11.3 million at Sotheby’s in 2007. His style takes on a layered quality, with colors and angles that startle at first sight. The scenes and subjects seem familiar yet strange. The paintings are at once, austere, challenging, haunting, reflective, atmospheric and eerie, even. Many of his works feature quirky juxtapositions of the paintings’ compositions.

Doig forces the viewer to see images in wholly different ways. For example, in the painting entitled The Architect’s Home in the Ravine, the house is hidden in plain sight. The twigs and slender tree trunks to the forefront of the painting hold the viewer’s eyes. This painting was sold for $12 million in February 2013.

Doig has been influenced by various art movements: His works feature elements of realism, abstraction and impressionism. Ski Jacket, a 1994 painting, is highly evocative of Monet’s impressionistic style.

Doig currently lives and works on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Since 2005, he has taught painting at Düsseldorf State Academy of Art.