Peter Doig (Scottish, born April 12, 1959) is a painter renowned for his landscapes, inspired by his own itinerant lifestyle, and by the physical progressions of modern society. Born in Edinburgh, Doig lived in Trinidad, London, and Canada in his youth. While studying painting at Central Saint Martins and at the Chelsea School of Art in London, he developed his unique approach; in works evoking the tradition of romantic landscape painting, Doig drew attention to the act of applying paint to the canvas by combining abstracted elements with ordinary subject matter.

Doig paints from photographic sources, such as his own pictures of landscapes, film stills, and images from newspapers and magazines. He does not seek to replicate these images in his paintings, instead, he uses them as a tool to create works that draw from both individual and collective memories of place. In 1994, Doig was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize, launching him to fame in the international art community. His works, which depict scenes ranging from urban, rural, and wooded landscapes to artists’ studios and lone figures in fishing boats, concentrate on the illusionistic properties of paint. In his most recent works featuring scenes of Trinidad, Doig revisits one of his childhood homes; the artist now has a studio in Trinidad, and also teaches painting at the School of Art in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Timeline

1959
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland
1962
Moved to Trinidad
1966
Moved to Canada
1979
Moved to London
1979–1980
Wimbledon School of Art, London, England
1980–1983
BA, Central Saint Martins, London, England
1989–1990
MA, Chelsea School of Art at University of the Arts London, London, England
1991
Whitechapel Art Gallery's Artist Award
1993
Awarded First Prize at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition
1994
Nominated for the Turner Prize
1995–2000
Trustee of Tate Gallery, London
2002
Moved to Trinidad
2003
Foundation of STUDIOFILMCLUB, Trinidad with Che Lovelace
2005
Professor at Düsseldorf State Academy of Art, Düsseldorf, Germany
2008
Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Germany
Lives and works in Port of Spain, Trinidad and London, England

Exhibitions

2012–2013
Pop Art Accrochage, Fluegel-Roncak Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany
2008–2009
Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
Peter Doig: New Paintings, Michael Werner Gallery New York in Collaboration with Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY
Peter Doig: Not for Sale, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
2008
Tate Britain, London, England (solo)
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (solo)
Series Drawing: An exhibition of works on paper, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY
Serial Works on Paper, Julius Werner Berlin, Berlin, Germany
A Guest of Honour: From Francis Bacon to Peter Doig, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and Me (curated by Jeremy Deller), Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
…same as it ever was Painting at Chelsea 1990 – 2007, University of the Arts, London, England
2007
The Painting of Modern Life, Hayward Gallery, London, England
Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Der Symbolismus und die Kunst der Gegenwart, Van der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, The Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
Leerraume des Erzahlens, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisberg, Germany
2006
Go West Young Man, Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany (solo)
Peter Doig: Studiofilmclub 2003 – 2006, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX (solo)
In den Alpen, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
The Secret Public - The Last Days of the British Underground 1978-88, Kunstverein München, Munich; ICA, London, UK
Eye on Europe, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Essential Painting, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Surprise, Surprise, ICA London, London, UK
Travelling light, Bonefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
The Secret Public: The Last Days of the British Underground 1978-88, Kunstverein München, Germany
Stillpoints of the Turning World, SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Santa Fe, NM
Whitney Biennial 'Day for Night', Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Imagination Becomes Reality Part III. Talking Pictures“, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Tate Triennial 'Days like these', Tate Britain, London, England
2005–2006
Peter Doig: Works on Paper, Windsor, Vero Beach, FL; London, England; New York, NY; Toronto, Canada (solo)
Studiofilmclub, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
2005
The Triumph of Painting. Part I, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Geschichtenerzähler, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Wunschwelten, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2004
Peter Doig/Jochen Klein, Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Metropolitain, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (solo)
Rheingold III, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Huts, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
the undiscovered country, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA54th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2003
Peter Doig, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
Charley´s Space, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Carré D’Art contemporain de Nimes, Nimes, France (cat.) (solo)
Peter Doig: Painter as Printmaker, James Hyman Fine Art, London, UK (solo)
Pittura/Painting: From Rauschenberg to Murakami 1964-2003. 50 International Art Exhibition, Musei Civici Veneziani/La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2002
Peter Doig: The Prints, The Bailey Collection, Toronto, Canada (solo)
100 Years Ago“, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England (solo)
2001–2002
Almost Grown, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2001
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2000
Echo Lake, Matrix, University of California, Berkeley, CA (solo)
Echo Lake, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL (solo)
Echo Lake, The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (solo)
Almost Grown, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
Peter Doig: Works on Paper, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1999
country-rock, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany (solo)

Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Bonnefanten Museum, Netherlands
British Museum, London, England
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, England
Tate Gallery, London, England
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England

Literature

2007
Boutsko, Anastassia, Die Russen kommen, Monopol. Zeitschrift für Kunst und Leben, 23 May 2007, pp. 100-103
2007
Adrian Searle, Kitty Scott, Catherine Grenier, Peter Doig, New York, 2007
2007
Imagination becomes Reality - Eine Ausstellung zum erweiterten Malereibegriff. Werke aus der Sammlung Goetz, Ingvild Goetz, Gregor Jansen und Stephan Urbaschek (Hrsg.), Karlsruhe, 2007
2007
Künstlerplakate von Picasso bin Heute, Seedamm Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon (SZ) and Käthe Kollwitzmuseum, Cologne 2007
2007
Catherine Grenier, Reconquérir le monde. Peter Doig, Les Cahiers du Musée d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Winter 2006/07, S. 30-37.
2007
Stefan Koldehoff, Don’t believe the hype, Monopol – Magazin für Kunst und Leben, Nr. 4, April 2007, S.86-87.
2007
Sebastian Preuss, Mangroven-Groove, AD Architectural Digest, April 2007, S. 158.
2007
Hans Pietsch, Teures Kanu, Art – Das Kunstmagazin, Nr. 4, April 2007, S. 132.
2006
Alex Lapp, Once upon a Time in the West - Part One, Art Review, Vol. 04, Oktober 2006, 160-161.
2006
Karen Wright, Peter Doig: Keeping it real, Modern Painters. The International Art Magazine, März 2006.
2006
Karen Wright, Keeping it Real, Modern Painters, March 2006
2006
Meredith Mendelsohn, The New Romantics, ArtNews, February 2006
2006
Go West Young Man, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, 2006
2006
Essential Painting, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2006
2006
Surprise, Surprise, ICA Insitute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2006
2005
Wunschwelten/Ideal Worlds, Neue Romantik in der Kunst der Gegenwart, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, (Hrsg.) Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2005
2005
Rheingold III, Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach (Hrsg.), Frankfurt am Main: Revolver, 2005
2005
The Triumph of Painting, Saatchi Gallery (Hrsg.), London, 2005
2005
Astrid Wege, Peter Doig, Artforum, November 2005
2005
Tom Lubbock, The triumph of painting? That’s a pretty rich claim, The Independent, 25 January 2005
2005
Caspar David Friedrich ist auch Kitsch, Interview mit Max Hollein zur Ausstellung 'Wunschwelten', Art – Das Kunstmagazin, Mai 2005, S. 26.
2005
Thomas Wagner, Ach du heiliger Lukas!, FAZ, 21. Mai 2005, S. 31.
2005
Peter Doig - Studiofilmclub, Museum Ludwig (Hrsg.), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2005
2005
Peter Doig : Works on Paper, The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, (Hrsg.) Windsor Press, Florida, 2005
2004
Barry Schwabsky, Peter Doig, Nimes: Carré D’Art, Contemporary No.60 2004
2004
Alex Ruhle, Overexposed Memories, Suddeutsche Zeitung, May 7th 2004
2003
Artforum, Matthew Higgs, Peter Doig, Arts Club of Chicago, October 2003
2003
Tema Celeste, Martin Herbert, Unraveling the enigma, September / October 2003
2003
Chicago Reader, Fred Camper, Small Beauties, 4 April 2003
2003
Paul Bonaventura, Rudi Fuchs, Beatrix Ruf, PARKETT, May, No. 67
2003
Peter Doig, Arts Club of Chicago (text by Jennifer Higgie)
2002
Peter Doig: Works on Paper, Michael Werner Gallery, New York and Cologne (text by Adrian Searle)
2002
April 14, Laura Cunning, Painting on thin Ice, The Observer
2002
April 16, Adrian Searle, Wide blue yonder, The Guardian
2002
Summer, Jennifer Higgie, Review: Peter Doig- Victoria Miro Gallery, Frieze
2002
Summer, Robert Brown, Peter Doig - One Hundred Years Ago, Contemporary Magazine
2002
April, Gerhard Mack, Bilder aus dem Reich der Rätsel, ART
2001
May – June, Reid Sheir, Peter Doig – Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Art + Text, No 73
2001
Peter Doig, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia
2000
Almost Grown, Paintings by Peter Doig, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin and Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2000
Feb, Thad Ziolkowski, Peter Doig, Artforum
2000
Feb, Johanne Sloane, Rainbows and other Ruins, Afterall
2000
Feb, Daniel Richter, Dots on Doig, Afterall
1999
Dec 10, Ken Johnsonm, Peter Doig, The New York Times
1999
Peter Doig version, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland
1998
Peter Doig/Udomsak Krisanamis, Arnolfini, Bristol, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
1998
Peter Doig. Blizzard seventy-seven, Terry R. Myers etc., Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Trustees of the Whitechapel Gallery, London
1995
Peter Doig: Blotter, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin