Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

British artist Peter Doig's fascinating landscapes featured in first solo exhibition in Canada

Ottawa, Canada - August 8, 2001


 « Les paysages fascinants de l’artiste britannique Peter Doig rassemblés dans une première exposition solo au Canada » 
The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Canada of paintings by leading British artist Peter Doig. The exhibition features eleven major paintings made during the last decade, on loan from public and private collections in Europe and North America. Peter Doig will be shown at the National Gallery from 17 August to 28 October 2001. Admission is free.

Peter Doig and Kitty Scott, NGC Curator of Contemporary Art, will be available for interviews upon request.

Peter Doig, Ski Jacket, 1994, Oil on canvas, Collection of the Tate, London
Peter Doig, Ski Jacket, 1994
Oil on canvas, Collection of the Tate, London

Born in Edinburgh in 1959, Peter Doig spent his childhood years in central Canada until 1979 when he moved to London to attend art school. The exhibition presents the development of Doig’s recent works which are fascinating large-scale oil paintings that reveal a tension between abstraction and figuration, while also engaging with pop music, cinema, photography and video.

In Doig's paintings  bleak nighttime scenes are juxtaposed with melancholic figures deep in thought. The failure of utopian narratives is suggested in exterior and interior views of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, an image of a lone man floating on tropical waters and a roadside rainbow painted on a pedestrian underpass.

Working from his studio in London, Doig often bases his compositions on personal photographs and images from popular media, such as postcards, travel magazines and horror films, which he then layers, photocopies and sketches until they are several generations  from the originals.  Much of this source material is included in the exhibition.

From these highly reworked images he paints dramatic, colourful landscapes that are imbued with a sense of familiarity and heightened emotion.

Peter Doig, Veste de ski, 1994 Oil on canvas, Collection of the Tate, London
Peter Doig, Veste de ski,
1994Huile sur toile,
Collectionde la Tate Gallery, Londres

Peter Doig has been included in important international exhibitions and is the recipient of numerous prizes. He has exhibited at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, and Kunsthalle Nürnberg. Doig was the recipient of first prize in both the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition (1993) and the Prix Elliette von Karajan (1994). He was also short-listed for the prestigious Turner Prize (1994), and received the Whitechapel Artists' Award (1991).

Doig will give a tour of his works on Saturday, 18 August at 1 pm. Admission is free.

Peter Doig is organized and circulated by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Council. The exhibition originated at the Morris and Belkin Gallery in January 2001. After its presentation at the National Gallery, Peter Doig will travel to the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto in December 2001.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue published by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery,  with essays by Kitty Scott and guest author Johanne Sloan, and interview by Matthew Higgs.

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