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Peter Doig (British, born 1959)

About this artist

Source: Oxford University Press

English painter. Raised in Canada, Doig moved to London in 1979 and studied at the Wimbledon School of Art (1979–80), St Martin’s School of Art (1980–83), and Chelsea School of Art (1989–90). In 1991 he won the Whitechapel Art Gallery’s Artist Award, gaining public recognition for the first time; two years later he was awarded first prize at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition. Doig’s paintings are noted for their intriguing balance of figuration and abstract surface qualities. Often working from photographs and films, Doig uses a broad range of subjects, exploring the general theme of man’s relation with his environment. The surfaces of his paintings, especially those from the early 1990s, appear complex and tangled, offering frustrated, interrupted views. Concrete Cabin West Side (1994; London, priv. col., see 1998 exh. cat., no. 10) shows a typically luminescent view through dark trees of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation at Briey-en-Forêt in France, shrouding this monument to Modernist idealism in pagan mystery. The influence of the Canadian landscape, as well as of Doig’s own leisure interests, can be seen in the painting Ski Jacket (1994; London, Tate), a view of a busy ski resort. Acid colours and a loose technique suggest comparisons with Post-Impressionists such as Bonnard, while the attention paid to contemporary leisure space can be compared with the work of the German photographer Andreas Gursky. His use and exploration of popular culture can be seen in the paintings Buffalo Station I and Buffalo Station II (both 1997–8; London, priv. col., see 1998 exh. cat., nos 27 and 28), mirrored views of people emerging from a stadium in Buffalo, NY, after a 1997 Rolling Stones concert. The relatively lighter technique here is suggestive of the feeling of dissipation and expansion after the concert. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994, and since that year has acted as a trustee for the Tate Gallery, London.

John-Paul Stonard
From Grove Art Online

© 2009 Oxford University Press

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