Peter Doig is one of the most highly regarded and internationally renowned painters working today. This weekend, a new exhibition of his work opens in Edinburgh.
Born in Scotland in 1959, he lived in Trinidad and Canada before moving to London in the late 1970s. In 1983 he received a BA from St Martins School of Art, and in 1990 an MA from Chelsea School of Art. Soon after the latter graduation, his work began to be snapped up by collectors, including Charles Saatchi.
In 1994, Doig was nominated for the Turner Prize. Then, in 2002, having established himself as a creator of paintings highly desired by the denizens of the contemporary art scene, Doig left London for Trinidad.
His island home is a recurring motif in his recent work. An inventive style and sensuous palette sets him apart from the conceptualism dominating much contemporary art; you won’t find any flashing bulbs, unmade beds or pickled sheep here. Rather, a passion for the opportunities still offered by painting locates him in a long line of great colourists such Gauguin, Matisse and Hopper.
No Foreign Lands, an exhibition charting the last ten years of Doig’s career, opens at the Scottish National Gallery this weekend, with some 200 works on show. Below is a selection of paintings from that exhibition.
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