Peter Doig

1959 -

"I think the way that the paintings come out is more a way of trying to depict an image that is not about a reality, but one that is somehow in between the actuality of a scene and something that is in your head." 2003

Peter Doig's large oil-on-canvas paintings are inspired by both modernism and popular culture. He draws on a variety of sources and styles: Canadian landscape, pop art, photography, film, and personal archives. Today, he continues to explore how human beings fit into nature.

Raised in Canada, Doig moved to London in 1979. After studying at the Wimbledon and St. Martin's schools of art, he briefly moved back to Canada. Upon his return to London, he earned a master's degree at the Chelsea School of Art in 1989. His first major exhibition in Canada took place in 2001. A year later, he was artist in residence in Trinidad, where he established a studio. He now lives there with his family.

Doig's childhood was eventful and the memories of his trips to Canada and Trinidad are always present in his work. He first painted in an impetuous figurative style and used vibrant colours. In the late 1980s, he adopted an unaffected style. Starting with reworked images, he transformed landscape painting. His works, organic and often spontaneous, such as Grand Riviere (2001-02), immerse viewers in a world that is somewhere between reality and imagination.

Peter Doig received the Whitechapel Artist Award, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, and the Barclays Young Artist Award, Serpentine Gallery, London, in 1991. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994 and was a member of the board of directors of the Tate Gallery, London, from 1995 to 2000.

Peter Doig

Birth name

Peter Doig


Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1959




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Memory and Fiction (0 min 43 sec)

Oil, Paint, Canvas (1 min 14 sec)

The world of painting (0 min 52 sec)

Influences (0 min 24 sec)

Films and dream sequences (1 min 58 sec)

I choose particular frames (0 min 54 sec)

It evolves in the making (0 min 31 sec)

Canadian painting (0 min 58 sec)

I use photography in my work (1 min 7 sec)

Painting is manual and immediate (1 min 25 sec)

The Canadian experience (1 min 40 sec)

I always go back to subjects (0 min 41 sec)

Nature is altered in my work (0 min 49 sec)

Painting a fiction of a painting (3 min 10 sec)

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