Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1959.
Peter Doig’s childhood was spent in Trinidad and Canada where his father was employed as an accountant in a shipping firm. He came to London in 1979 to begin his art education, first at Wimbledon School of Art, then at St Martin’s School of Art (1980-1983) and Chelsea School of Art (1989-1990).
His career began during the time of Brit Art and the YBA generation which many predicted would herald the death of painting. He, however, was committed to figurative painting and achieved rapid and world-wide recognition for his distinctive and intriguing paintings; these were sometimes based on photographs, often found in newspapers or magazines, which he used as reference points typically creating haunting landscapes peopled by isolated figures engaged in some dream-like narrative.
Success began with the winning of first prize at the John Moores exhibition in Liverpool in 1993, in the following year was given his first solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Gallery in London and was also nominated for the Turner Prize. Since then he has exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe and North America with major solo shows in Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Basel, Zurich, Venice, New York, Chicago, Montreal, Quebec and Dallas.
His work is represented in many major public collections including Tate Modern, London; British Museum, London; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Southampton City Art Gallery; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris; Goetz Collection, Munich; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Philadelphia Museum of Art and Dallas Museum of Art.
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