Born 1959, Edinburgh, Scotland
Lives and works in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and London, England
Peter Doig is a mystical type, perhaps a visionary. His choice of subject matter
is deceptively simple, even banal; but in his eyes and under his brush, a brightly
painted wall beside a road becomes a signpost to paradise, a seated figure is
transformed into a seer or a prophet, and a man bathing in a tidal pool appears to
be the first human to emerge from the primordial ooze. Two years ago Doig and his
family moved from London to the island of Trinidad, and the setting of this new
series of paintings is recognizably tropical. Yet no matter how specific in their
details, Doig's paintings seem to exist outside of time, in another place contiguous
with our own but one not meant to reflect or recapitulate reality. Perhaps equating the
plasticity of the painter's medium with the hallucinatory effects of psychedelics or
of magical fairy dust, Doig achieves this otherworldly quality through painterly
pyrotechnics, including staining, dripping, stippling, and a palette of electric colors
used in vibrating combinations.
Charley's Space. Exhibition catalogue. Maastricht, Netherlands: Bonnefanten Museum, 2003.
Parkett, no. 67 (2003): 54–89. Special section, including essays by Paul Bonaventura, Rudi Fuchs, and Beatrix Ruf.
Peter Doig: Metropolitain. Exhibition catalogue. Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 2001.
Peter Doig. Exhibition catalogue. Munich: Pinakothek der Moderne, 2004.
Ruf, Beatrix. Peter Doig: Version. Exhibition catalogue. Glarus, Switzerland: Kunsthaus Glarus, 1999.
Bonnefanten Museum exhibition
Contemporary Magazine article