Thursday, February 24, 2011

Peter Doig

Camp Forestia

Peter Doig is a contemporary artist born in Scotland. In 2007, a painting of Doig's, entitled White Canoe, sold at Sotheby's for $11.3 million, then an auction record for a living European artist.

Echo Lake

Peter Doig was born in Edinburgh, and in 1962 moved with his family to Trinidad, where his father worked with a shipping and trading company, and then in 1966 to Canada. He went to London in 1979 to study fine art at the Wimbledon School of Art, St Martin's School of Art (where he became friends with the artist Billy Childish[1]) and Chelsea School of Art, where he received an MA.[2] In the mid-1980s he lived and worked in Montreal.[3] In 1993 Doig won the first prize at the John Moores exhibition with his painting Blotter. This brought public recognition, cemented in 1994, when he was nominated for the Turner Prize. In 1999 he selected EASTinternational with Roy Arden. From 1995 to 2000 he was a trustee of the Tate Gallery.


In 2002, Doig moved back to Trinidad, where he set up a studio at the Caribbean Contemporary Arts centre near Port of Spain, and also became professor at the fine arts academy in Düsseldorf, Germany.

1 comment:

  1. The short biography above states "Peter Doig was born in Edinburg, and in 1962 moved with his family to Trinidad..." A glaring omission is his year of birth. That raises questions as to the motives and/or knowledge of the author.