Coinciding with the Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2017 with Swarovski, renowned figurative painter and Art Icon Peter Doig is joined in conversation by Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick.
While Peter Doig’s colourful canvases depict recognisable landscapes and figures, his paintings often waver into the abstract, playing with light, water and reflection.
His style is immediately recognisable, both as a contemporary master and a painter influenced by an art historical legacy. The pair discuss Doig’s iconic body of work and his intriguing biography, which took him from Edinburgh to Trinidad, Canada and London, considering how this along with his interests in literature and films have influenced him.
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Born in Edinburgh in 1959, Peter Doig now lives and works in Trinidad. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994; the same year, he received the Prix Eliette von Karajan. In 2008 he was awarded the Wolfgang Hahn Prize of the Society for Modern Art, Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Recent major solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have been staged at institutional venues including Fondation Beyeler, Basel, touring to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek (2014 – 2015); National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, touring to Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal (2013 – 2014); Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, touring to Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2011); Tate Britain, London, touring to Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2008); Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2008); Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig (2006); and Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, touring to The Gallery at Windsor, Florida, and Art Gallery of Ontario (2005 – 2006).
For five years the Whitechapel Gallery has partnered with Swarovski and the Swarovski Foundation to create spectacular events that support the Gallery’s education and community programme.
Launched in 2014, the Art Icon award, supported by Swarovski, celebrates the work of an artist who has made a profound contribution to a particular medium, influencing their own and subsequent generations of artists. It is presented at the Whitechapel Gallery’s annual gala dinner hosted by Iwona Blazwick OBE (Director, Whitechapel Gallery) and Nadja Swarovski (Member of the Swarovski Executive Board).
Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2017 with Swarovski takes place on 25 January 2017, honouring Peter Doig and featuring a live auction of works donated by leading contemporary artists. All funds raised contribute to the Gallery’s work with thousands of children and young people.