Artist biography

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). 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) 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), mirrored views of people emerging from a stadium in Buffalo, NY, after a 1997 Rolling Stones concert. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994, and since that year has acted as a trustee for the Tate Gallery, London.

Bibliography
V. Button: The Turner Prize (London, 1997)
Peter Doig Blizzard Seventy-seven (exh. cat., essays T. R. Myers and others, London, Whitechapel A.G., 1998)

JOHN-PAUL STONARD
10 December 2000

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