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Peter Doig | the artist



The artist Peter Doig
Born 1959, Edinburg, Scotland.
Lives and works in London, UK, .

Style and technique of the artist: Painting, Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Whitney Biennial,

I started painting this idea of landscape in London via my memories of Canada, but that didn’t happen for a long time, not until I’d been in London for almost ten years. And they were filtered through found images. It was an escape to make these paintings in London, because what was outside the door was so different. The work became a different world. I guess that’s always the case, but this was the excitement, trying to find this other place in my head. In Trinidad, the landscape is so present and powerful; it’s everywhere, even in Port of Spain. I’d experienced this growing up in Canada, and here it hit me again.


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Themes of magical realism stream through Peter Doig’s work, capturing timeless moments of perfect tranquillity, where photo-album memory flits in and out of waking dream. Drawing from his Canadian childhood, and one of the spookier scenes from Friday the 13th, Peter Doig’s canoes have become a seminal image in his work; their reflection in the water, like a double life, is a fantasy mirror to the unknown…

Blizzard seventy-seven

Peter Doig was born in Edinburgh, lives in Trinidad, incorporates Canadian landscapes into his works and is currently exhibiting at the Saatchi Gallery in London. But Doig cannot be called a simple painter of landscapes, as evidenced by Concrete Cabin, which borrows from architect Le Corbusier to create what is most likely (but not necessarily limited to) an imaginary landscape…

Chris Ofili and Peter Doig have lived and worked since the early 2000s on the Southern Caribbean island of Trinidad. For Doig the move from London was in fact a return: He had lived in Trinidad for several years with his parents as a child. In the Caribbean Ofili has embraced the “continual challenge,” as he puts it, of practicing “close to the things that you’re being inspired by.” But on and off the island, both artists have met with a mixture of curiosity and suspicion about their break from the metropolitan art nexus. Here they swap thoughts on what has changed about their art making since finding themselves in the Caribbean, and why painting in unfamiliar territory should hold so much inspiration…