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Peter Doig

Scottish  •  b. 1959

Biography

Peter Doig is widely considered one of the most renowned contemporary figurative painters. Born in Scotland and raised in Trinidad and Canada, Doig achieved his breakthrough in 1991 upon being awarded the prestigious Whitechapel Artist Prize and receiving a solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.

Doig draws on personal memories and source imagery in his pursuit of exploring the slippage between reality, imagination and memory through painting. The material properties of paint and expressive possibilities of color thereby serve to approximate the foggy, inarticulate sensation of remembering. His practice maintains a thin and balanced line between landscape and figure, superimposing photographic imagery and memories, both real and imagined.

Insights

  • Phillips set the world record for Peter Doig, simultaneously a world record for a living British artist, when Rosedale, 1991 sold for $28.8 million on 18 May 2017 in our New York Evening Sale.

  • A common motif in Doig's work is the canoe — a symbol of movement and tranquility — as seen with his famous White Canoe and Canoe Island, the latter of which was, in part, inspired by the memorable climax of Friday the 13th

  • Peter Doig was recognized with the Whitechapel Gallery's annual Art Icon Award in January 2017.

"I never try to create real spaces—only painted spaces. That's all I am interested in."

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