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A modernist artist born in Edinburgh, Peter Doig grew up in a family
with his father in the shipping business. The family lived
various places including Quebec and Trinidad. In 1979, he moved
to England where he attended the art schools at Wimbleton and St.
Martin's. Then he moved to Montreal, but returned to England in
1989, staing for the next ten years and taking a master's degree at the
Chelsea School of Art. In 2002, he settled in Trinidad.
His painting, primarily landscapes, seems to reflect his peripatetic
youth, as though he is ever on the edge of wilderness, and is
expressing a "special sense of space, not of course the 'wide open
space' of the Great Plains but something more mysterious and
impenetrable." (Schwabsky 170) Many of his works reflect snowy
scenes of Canada as well as influences from Norwegian Edvard Munch and
French artists Claude Monet and Gustav Klimt. Frequently he works
from photographs that either he has found or has taken himself.
Barry Schwabsky, "Glimpes Beyond the Edge", Art in America, May 2008
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