Peter Doig Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Peter Doig


Oil on Canvas

200 x 300cm
Themes of magical realism stream through Peter Doig’s work, capturing timeless moments of perfect tranquillity, where photo-album memory flits in and out of waking dream. Drawing from his Canadian childhood, and one of the spookier scenes from Friday the 13th, Peter Doig’s canoes have become a seminal image in his work; their reflection in the water, like a double life, is a fantasy mirror to the unknown. Canoe-Lake is rendered with unsettling perfection: capturing not just a spying view over a fence, but the strange echoing silence of drifting on a lake, the impossible stillness of the current, and the cloying warmth of late-summer air.
Peter Doig
Concrete Cabin


Oil on Canvas

198 x 275cm
Peter Doig’s paintings of Le Corbusier’s classic modernist apartment block offer a mysterious Utopia: cosmopolitan dream architecture nestled in (or imprisoned by) tangling wilderness. In Concrete Cabin, it’s the nowhereness of the scene which is strangely uncanny: the bright minimalist grid of the building beaconing through the dark shadows of the trees; an everyday glimpse from a suburban sidewalk twisted into something magical; a set from a contemporary fable. Peter Doig paints this scene with chimerical effect; cropping the image to exclude ground or sky, it has no physical orientation or weight, only the intangible presence of a fleeting moment.
Peter Doig
The Architects Home In The Ravine


Oil on Canvas

200 x 275cm
Plainly in view but physically inaccessible, Peter Doig half obliterates The Architect’s Home in the Ravine with an underbrush as dense as a half-finished Pollock and the scene becomes foreboding: something out of an Edward Hopper or an Andrew Wyeth painting. With all the richness of the distant woods and the stunning architecture to look at, it’s the twigs which steal the show. Peter Doig’s painting reinvents the way a picture is meant to be looked at.
Peter Doig
White Canoe


Oil on Canvas

200.5 x 243cm
Peter Doig
White Creep


Oil on Canvas

290 x 199cm
In White Creep, a vast snow-capped mountain juts upward in a way that dwarfs the sky. The snow is white and fresh, yet there is depth to it, implying that this mountain is permanently covered in snow. The snow is an abstract tapestry of white with craggy black rocks peeking through. It is like a Clyfford Still of whiteness, with a palimpsest of grey and blue evident below the surface. The sources for Doig’s works can come from film, photography, or clips from contemporary visual culture, yet he makes paintings of scenes that could only really be actualised as painting.
Peter Doig
Orange Sunshine


Oil on Canvas

276 x 201cm
The contemporary snowboarders seem oddly out of place in the Renoir-dappled sky and Derain-speckled drifts. But it’s the way Doig masters this illusionary effect of the paint that creates a convincing, almost tangible fourth dimension - the muffling stillness of the air, the soggy feel of slushing snow, the crisping smell of twilight. Doig plugs into a nostalgia that photography can never capture: the physicality of his paintings makes these generic memories more vivid and desirable than the viewer’s own.
Peter Doig


Oil on Canvas

200 x 250cm
Based on the viewpoint of an insect whose perception of the world is found at ground level, Peter Doig created the Grasshopper using three equally spaced bands that command its composition. Broadly coloured yet intricately detailed, this device appears to mimic the geological strata which construct the earth. The top band contains the abstraction of the sky, created from the thin veils of vivid blue masked with successive layers of dragged and dabbed paint. The middle band contains the land, a small settlement isolated in the desert of an arid landscape, the telegraph poles and lines the only clue to the connection with the developed world. Infused with a rich warmth of light, this is a nameless landscape in the middle of a barren land, of no specific time. Reminiscent of the setting for the film Paris, Texas, the only clue to its identity would be the single figure buzzing around a garage.

Peter Doig's Biography

Peter Doig
Born in 1959, Edinburgh
Lives and works in Trinidad

Lived in Trinidad, Canada, London

Wimbledon School of Art

St Martin’s School of Art, BA

Chelsea School of Art, MA

Trustee of Tate Gallery, London


Gavin Brown’s enterprise and Michael Werner Gallery, New York
Peter Doig: Not for Sale,Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

Tate Britain, London, UK (travels to Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris,
France; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany)

Go West Young Man, Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig
StudioFilmClub, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX

Works on Paper, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; tours Gallery of Windsor, Florida
StudioFilmClub, Ludwig Museum, Koln; Kunsthalle Zurich
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Koln (with Jochen Klein)

Metropolitain, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Kestnergellschaft, Hannover, Germany

Charley’s Space, Bonnefanten, Maastricht, Netherlands
Charley’s Space, Carre d’Art Contemporain, Nimes, France
The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

100 years ago, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Peter Doig: Works on Paper, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
Peter Doig the Prints, The Bailey Collection, Toronto

Peter Doig, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (travels to National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto)

Echo-Lake, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (traveled to Museum of
Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO)
Almost Grown, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Wing-mirror, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, N.Y.
Version (drawings), Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, N.Y.
Version, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
Country-rock, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Fruitmarket Gallery (with Udomsak Krisanamis), Edinburgh, Scotland.

Arnolfini (with Udomsak Krisanamis), Bristol, England
Blizzard seventy-seven, Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Germany (toured to Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England)
Buffalo Station, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England

Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, N.Y.
Freestyle, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Homely, Gesellschaft fur Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany
Small Paintings, Riding House Editions, London, England

Blotter, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY
Concrete Cabins, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England

Whitechapel Artist Award, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England

Articule, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Naked City, Air Gallery, London, England

Metropolitan Gallery, London, England


Compass, Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

At Home/Not at Home, Hessel Museum of Art, New York
Portraits 2 , Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Tokyo
Accrochage, Galerie Boisseree, Cologne
Kupferstichkabinett:Between Thought and Action, White Cube, Hoxton Square, London
In The Company of Alice, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Self Consciousness, VW, Berlin
Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
The Gathering, Yorkshire Sculpture parks, YSP, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK

Quodlibet, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin
Compass In Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Marlon Brando, Pocahontas, and Me, Aspen Art Museum, CO, curated by Jeremy Deller

The Painting of Modern Life, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, curated by Jens Hoffmann
Hunky Dory, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow

Altered Image, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Secret Public. The Last Days of the British Underground 1978-1988, Kunstverein Munich
SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Sante Fe, New Mexico
Whitney Biennial: Day For Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Tate Triennial, Tate, London
Surprise, Surprise, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

Rene Daniels, Peter Doig, Silke Otto-Knapp, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York
Looking at Words: The Formal Presence of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery
Ideal Worlds: New Romanticism in Contemporary Art, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
The Big Bang, Centre Pompidou , Paris
The Triumph of Painting, Saatchi Gallery. London, England

Huts, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin Ireland
Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (cat.)
Contemporary Painting, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, curated by Alex Katz (cat.)

Pittura/Painting: From Rauschenberg to Murakami 1964-2003, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Days Like These, Tate Triennale Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, London

DEAR PAINTER…Paint Me, Centre G. Pompidou, Paris, touring to Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Art + Mountains: Conquistadors of the Useless, The Alpine Club, London, England
Cavepainting, Santa Monica Museum of Modern Art, with Chris Ofili and Laura Owens, Santa Monica, CA

Fig-1, 50 projects in 50 weeks, conceived and developed by Mark Francis and Jay Jopling, London
Camera Works: The Photographic Impulse in Contemporary Art, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
The Way I See It, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Works on Paper, The Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
Extended Painting, Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy
EU, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
About the Bayberry Bush, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Works on Paper from Acconci to Zittel, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

From a Distance: Approaching Landscape, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Peter Doig, Michael Raedecker, Raucci/Santamaria Gallery, Naples, Italy
Twisted: Urban and Visionary Landscapes in contemporary Painting, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhover, Netherlands
Spot On, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
00, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY

From A-B and Back Again, Royal College of Art, London
River Deep Mountain High, Gallery Westland Place, London, England (curated by Kelly Taylor)
Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, England (curated by Matthew Higgs)
Contemplating Pollock, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
Peter Doig and Udomsak Krisanamis, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland and Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England
Examining Pictures, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Group Show, Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York, NY

Sunday, Cabinet Gallery, London, England
About Vision: New British Paintings in the 1990, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

New Found Landscape, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Alpenblick, Kunsthalle, Wien, Austria (curated by Wolfgang Kos)
Malerei 4, Galerie Monika Spruth, Dusseldorf, Germany
About Vision: New British Paintings in the 1990, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
Package Holiday, New British Art in the Ophiuchus Collection, The Hydra Workshop, Hydra, Greece

Drawings from the M.A.B. Library, AC Project Room
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
There's a painting on the wall, a collaboration with Matthew Higgs, Anthony Wilkinson Fine Art, London, England
Answered prayers, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Belladonna, ICA, London, England
Faustrecht der Freiheit, Kunstsammlung Gera, Neues Museum Weserberg, Bremen, Germany About Vision: New British Painting in the 90's, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England
About Vision: New British Paintings in the 1990", The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Zombie Golf, Burbage House, London, England

The Turner Prize Exhibition, Tate Gallery, London, England
Moyra Davey, Peter Doig, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY
Unbound: Possibilities in Painting, Hayward Gallery, London, England
Prix Eliette von Karajan, Tour: Salzburg, Vienna, Paris (1st Prize winner)
New Voices, British Council touring exhibition
Imprint 93, Cabinet Gallery, London, curated by Matthew Higgs
Here and Now, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
Victoria Miro Gallery, Group Painting exhibition, London, England

Moving into View, Royal Festival Hall, London, England
Twelve Stars, Barbican Center. London, England
Project Unite Firminy, Firminy Vert, France
John Moores Exhibition 18, Liverpool, England, (1st prize winner)

Inside a Microcosm, curated by Gareth Jones, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, England
New Voices, Centre Albert Borschette, Brussels, Belgium

Barclays Young Artist Award" Serpentine Gallery, London, England

Into the Nineties, Mall Galleries, London, England

Things as They Are, Riverside Studios, London, England

New Contemporaries, I.C.A., London, England

New Contemporaries, I.C.A., London, England