Until 22 March 2015, the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland is holding an exhibition of important paintings by the British artist Peter Doig.
Doig’s large-scale paintings often represent people in nameless landscapes, drawing on techniques from the present and the past. Nature is presented as mysterious, and motifs from Trinidad and Canada (where the artist grew up) are frequently present. He samples motifs, pictures and cuttings from contemporary life and pop culture and uses them as the basis for his works, drawing new visual possibilities from subject matter which already resonates with the viewer. As part of the exhibition, which is also presenting some of Doig’s graphic works, the artist has also created a large mural at the Fondation Beyeler.
Doig was born in Edinburgh in 1959, now working in Trinidad, London and New York; he is also currently Professor of Painting at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf.