Peter Doig Exhibition, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Peter Doig Exhibition, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

A major exhibition of the work of Peter Doig (b. Edinburgh 1959), one of the most internationally-renowned painters working today.

No Foreign Lands surveys the paintings and works on paper that Doig has created during the past 10 years, with a particular emphasis on the artist's approach to serial motifs and recurring imagery. These works are exotic in their subject matter, formally spare and monumental at the same time, and show Doig working at the height of his extraordinary powers.

Over the period covered by this exhibition Doig has split his time between Trinidad, London and Düsseldorf. His peripatetic life and memories of growing up in Canada (he left Edinburgh as a small child) and studying and living in London for 20 years have given him a particularly rich visual knowledge, that cross fertilizes his works, wherever the motifs are taken from. As fellow Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, wrote in The Silverado Squatters: ‘There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.’ Although Doig may travel a lot, he is no foreigner seeking out the exotic. Rather his eye spots that significant detail which transcends locale and spans both time and space.

Over a career of nearly three decades, Doig has reinvigorated a medium considered by many to have fallen into irrelevance. His inventive style, uncommonly sensuous palette and suggestive imagery set him apart from the conceptualism dominating much of contemporary art.  A willingness to take up the challenge still posed by the paintings of Gauguin, Matisse, Bonnard, Marsden Hartley and Edward Hopper places him in a long line of great colourists, expressive handlers of paint and creators of richly textured worlds.

This will be the first major exhibition of Doig’s work to be shown in the country of his birth. After Edinburgh it will travel to Canada, where it will be shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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