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Awkward In An Interesting Way: Doig

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Peter Doig (Scottish-Trinidadian-Canadian, b. 1959) received his BA from the Chelsea School of Art (1983) and his MA from the St Martin’s School of Art (1990). He was nominated for the Tate Gallery’s prestigious Turner Prize in 1994 and from 1995-2000, he served as a Tate Trustee.
His paintings have sold for record-breaking prices at auction; in February 2015, his Cold Blooded (2003) sold for £1.3 million and in May 2015, his Swamped sold for $26 million.
Tags: peter doig, british painting - 21stc, landscape painting, figurative paiting, francis bacon, david hockney, chris ofili





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Awkward In An Interesting Way: Doig

The Basics

Peter Doig (Scottish-Trinidadian-Canadian, b. 1959) received his BA from the Chelsea School of Art (1983) and his MA from the St Martin’s School of Art (1990).

He was nominated for the Tate Gallery’s prestigious Turner Prize in 1994 and from 1995-2000, he served as a Tate Trustee. He is currently Professor of Painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

The Heart of Old San Juan, 1999

The Heart of Old San Juan, 1999

Private Collection

Milky Way, 1990

Milky Way, 1990

Collection of the Artist

Exhibitions

Numerous gallery and museum exhibitions have been dedicated to his work including a mid-career retrospective at the Tate Britain (2008), Compass at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2009) and No Foreign Lands at the National Gallery of Scotland (2013), Edinburgh being Doig’s birthplace.

His paintings have sold for record-breaking prices at auction; in February 2015, his Cold Blooded (2003) sold for £1.3 million and in May 2015, his Swamped sold for $26 million. Since 2002, Doig has lived in Port-au-Spain, Trinidad, while maintaining a studio in London.

Orange, 1995

Orange, 1995

London, Saatchi Collection

Architect's Home in the Ravine, 1991

Architect's Home in the Ravine, 1991

London, Saatchi Collection

Not A Life Painter

I’m not a life painter. The silhouette is more and more important to me so I often cut out figures from postcards or photographs.

I think if the silhouette is right, the painting is going in the right direction. If the figures are awkward in a wrong way, it’s unconvincing, but if they are awkward in an interesting way, it somehow works (The Guardian, 27 July 2015).

White Creep, 1994/95

White Creep, 1994/95

London, Saatchi Collection

Hitchhiker, 1989/90

Hitchhiker, 1989/90

London, Tate Modern

Things That Work

If you are someone like Jeff Koons and you have to work out how to make a big chrome heart or something, then there are lots of people and a big production involved.

The money is more natural somehow.

For me, I am just on my own in the studio, trying to make things work. One thing is sure: it doesn’t make painting any easier (The Guardian, 27 January 2008).

Blotter, 1993

Blotter, 1993

Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery

House of Pictures (Carrera), 2004

House of Pictures (Carrera), 2004

Private Collection.

Girl in White in a Tree, 2001/02

Girl in White in a Tree, 2001/02

Angus Cook: What is special about painting that makes the process so fulfilling for you?“

Peter Doig: "the paint.”

from “Interview with Peter Doig,” No Foreign Lands (2013)

Maastricht, Bonnefantenmuseum

100 Years Ago, 1991

100 Years Ago, 1991

I never really understood what was so conceptual about conceptual art, anyway – all painting, pretty much, is conceptual.

I mean, every painting is an idea. Every painting is the result of a process. Conceptual art just removes the pleasures of looking – colour and beauty, things like that.

Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne

False Start

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