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Peter Doig

17.4.2015 - 23.8.2015

Doig creates visual spaces, which one gets fascinated by and wants to delve into. The exhibition presents a selection of the artist's paintings in immersive, large-scale formats where the motifs show people and architecture in nameless and timeless landscapes in glowing colours.

Peter Doig’s pictorial world is at once strange, romantic - and hypermodern. Internationally he (b. 1959 in Edinburgh) is considered to be one of the most fascinating painters of our time – and has achieved the status of a ’contemporary classic’.

Doig masters techniques from both past and present – and the layers of paint on his canvases often act as small alchemical miracles, the eye can enjoy and frolic in.

He bases his works on a private stock of images – photographs, magazine clippings and record covers, film material and found objects, which he incorporates in his paintings in a new way. Doig’s pictorial world is in every way magical. The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Fondation Beyeler in Riehen – and presents 30 of Doig’s oil paintings in large formats and a selection of his graphic works on paper

The exhibition is supported by C. L. David Foundation and Collection. 

A re-enchanted world

"It's strange, for Peter Doig's pictures are so intense, and you get sucked into them. And yet they expand our world. They make our world bigger. They re-enchant our world."

Take a tour in the Peter Doig exhibition with Louisiana’s director Poul Erik Tøjner and see and hear about Doig’s dreamlike and fascinating pictorial universe.


Peter Doig was born in Scotland in 1959, grew up in Trinidad in the Caribbean and in Canada. He was educated in London – and finally settled in Trinidad again in 2002. Recently, he also lived in New York and London again. In Doing’s artworks inspiration from these places can be found with for example motifs resembling the dark and dense jungle of Trinidad – and Canada’s white snowscapes.

Doig graduated with a BA from St. Martin’s School of Art in London. As a part of the London art scene of the early 1990s, he was contemporary with the so-called ‘Young British Artists’. This group of artists, which included Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin and others, came to set the art agenda of the time with a more theory-based and processual approach to art, where new mediums were chosen over painting, the traditional art medium.

With his choice of painting as preferred medium Doig quickly stood out among his contemporaries. Inspired by some of painting’s great masters such as Bonnard, Gauguin and Munch, Doig has revived the tradition and techniques of painting in his artworks.

Doig had his breakthrough in the international art scene already as a young painter. In 1991 Doig exhibited solo at the Whitechapel Gallery, shortly after he had finished his education in London, and in 1994 he was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize.

Experiment and alchemy

“And suddenly you can get this feeling of sinking into the painting and drowning in the paint fluids.” This is how art historian Helle Brøns describes an encounter with Peter Doig’s painting.

When you took a closer look at the artist’s colorful landscapes, you discover that the canvas is filled with paint of different consistency and character, where not only the sensible brushwork, but also the scraped layers of paint, splashing, drippings and experiments with textures come alive. Here, up close, Peter Doig’s paintings seem to act as biological and magical chemical processes – as pure alchemy!