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Peter Doig

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The works of Peter Doig are characterized by their universal relevance and contemporary atmosphere. With his fiercely eclectic style, the painter is able to impressively depict diverse motifs – from winter sports in the Swiss Alps to carefree life in the Caribbean. His emotional imagery combined with his ability to skillfully stage subjects never fails to impact the viewer. Both landscapes and figures come into focus as Doig intertwines art historical and personal references into his compositions. The Zermatt series was not Doig’s first exploration of winter motifs – he painted snowy Canadian landscapes in the 1990s. His enthusiasm for the alpine village of Zermatt and his friendship with Swiss artist Heinz Julen resulted in an extended stay between 2020 and 2021. He drew inspiration from his surroundings as well as ski resort advertisements to create his own interpretation of winter activities.

Intuition is at the heart of Peter Doig’s work process. He describes his approach as a journey whose destination is unknown. That said, a variety of sources – such as film and music – play an equally important role in the creation of his works. Tropical motifs, as seen in the Fischerman, are present in Doig’s most famous compositions. Having lived on the Caribbean Island of Trinidad with his family for many years, the origin of such themes is traceable.

Scottish-born painter Peter Doig is celebrated as one of the most important representational painters working today. Not only have his works been auctioned for millions, but they’ve also been exhibited in the world’s most notable museums, such as Museum of Modern Art in New York and the British Museum in London. Doig has served on the Tate Gallery's artistic board of directors in London and worked as an adjunct professor of painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.


1959born in Edinburgh, Scotland
spent his childhood in Trinidad, Canada and London, UK
1980-1983Wimbledon School of Art
1989-1990Chelsea School of Art, MA
1995-2000Trustee of Tate Gallery, London, UK
lives in Trinidad


2017Peter Doig | Cabins and Canoes: The Unreasonable Silence of the World, Faurschou Foundation, New York, USA
2015Peter Doig, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA
Peter Doig, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, at the Palazzetto Tito, Venice, Italy
2014Peter Doig, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland, Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
2013Peter Doig: Early Works, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA; London, UK
No Foreign Lands, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Montreal, Canada
2012Peter Doig: New Paintings, Michael Werner Gallery, London, UK
2011Siegfried + Poster Project, Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
2009Not for Sale, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Peter Doig: New Paintings, Michael Werner Gallery, New York & Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USA
2008Peter Doig, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Peter Doig, ARC / Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Peter Doig, Tate Britain, London, UK
2006Peter Doig: Studiofilmclub 2003 – 2006, Ballroom Marfa, Texas, USA
Go West Young Man, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany
2005Peter Doig: Works on Paper, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; The Gallery at Windsor, Florida, USA; Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada
Peter Doig. Studio Film Club, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland
2004Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany
2003Charley's Space Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands
Carré d'Art contemporain de Nîmes, France
2000Echo Lake Matrix, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, USA
Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, USA
1999Version Kunsthaus, Glarus, Switzerland
1998Peter Doig: Blizzard seventy-seven, Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany
Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany
Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
1996Homely, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany
2022RAW Editions at London Art Fair 2023, London, UK
YBA Prints, Lougher Contemporary, Bristol, UK
Figura Humana: Modern Representations of the Human Form, Kwiat Art, Los Angeles, USA
Häuser - Houses, Galerie Boisseree, Cologne, Germany
RAW Editions at London Original Print Fair 2022, London, UK
The Drama of Life or the Drama of Representation, Jill Newhouse Gallery, New York, USA
2021ART FOR HAPPINESS, Ludorff, Düsseldorf, Germany
Icons & Vandals, West Chelsea Contemporary, New York, USA
2020British Editions, Galerie Maximillian, London, UK
2019RAW Editions : The Christmas Edit, RAW Editions, London, UK
Contemporary British Editions, Galerie Maximillian, London, UK
Away in the Hill, GRIMM, London, UK
2018Peindre la nuit, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
2017Landscape: Urban & Rural, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, USA
House Work, Victoria Miro, London, UK
2016Winter Group Show, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, USA
2015Body Shop, Michael Werner Gallery, London, UK
Forces in Nature, Victoria Miro, London, UK
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Selects from the V-A-C collection: Natures, Natural and Unnatural, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
2014Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Toyko Station Gallery; Itami City Museum of Art; Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art; Kochi Museum of Art, Japan; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor, Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, USA
2013Tumescence: Peter Doig, Sigmar Polke, Peter Saul, Michael Williams, Michael Werner, New York, USA
Cloud Illusions I Recall, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2012 Spectral Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Ontario, Canada
A ciel ouvert. Le Nouveau Pleinairisme, Musée national des beaux-arts, Quebec; Canada
Rendez-vous der Maler II: Malerei an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf von 1986 bis heute, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf; Germany
2012BLICKWECHSEL ' Landschaft zwischen Bedrohung & Idylle. Von der Neuen Sachlichkeit bis heute, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck, Austria
Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
The World as Will and Wallpaper, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Juwelen im Rheingold: 10 Jahre Sammlung Rheingold, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
2011Flowers for Summer, Michael Werner Gallery, New York 2011 Perfect Man II, White Columns, New York, USA
2010In the Company of Alice, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
2009Peter Doig and Stephen Hough, Collaboration at Westminster Cathedral, London, UK
2008Series Drawing: An exhibition of works on paper, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA
Serial Works on Paper, Julius Werner Berlin, Berlin, Germany
A Guest of Honour. From Francis Bacon to Peter Doig, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and Me, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, USA
…same as it ever was Painting at Chelsea 1990 – 2007, University of the Arts, London, USA
2007 The Painting of Modern Life, The Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA
Der Symbolismus und die Kunst der Gegenwart, Van der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, The Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
Leerraume des Erzahlens, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisberg, Germany
The Secret Public – The Last Days of the British Underground 1978 – 88, ICA, London, UK
Rockers Island – Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
2006Eye on Europe, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
In the Alps, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Essential Painting, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
How to Improve the World, 60 Years of British Art, Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Surprise, surprise, ICA, London, UK
Still Points of the Turning World, Site Santa Fe’s 6th International Biennial, Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Once Upon a Time in the West – Part One, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Whitney Biennial 2006, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Tate Triennial 2006: New British Art, Tate Britain, London, UK
2005Black and White: Drawings for Summer, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA
René Daniels, Peter Doig, Silke Otto-Knapp, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, USA
Ideal Worlds; New Romanticism in Contemporary Art, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
The Triumph of Painting – Part 1, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
The Big Bang, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
The Undiscovered Country, Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
54th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
Bearings: Landscapes from the IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2003Days Like These, Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary British Art, Tate Britain, London, UK
2002Lieber Maler, male mir… (Dear Painter, paint me), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2001Hier ist dort, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
2000Twisted: Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
1997Alpenblick, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
1996About Vision: New British Painting in the 1990s, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
1994Here and Now, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
The Turner Prize Exhibition, Tate Gallery, London, UK
Unbound: Possibilities in Painting, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
1993Twelve Stars, Barbican Centre, London, UK
1991Barclays' Young Artist Award, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
1982New Contemporaries, ICA, London, UK