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“I really don’t know what my paintings are about,” says the visionary British artist Peter Doig. “And I don’t want to. I don’t see the point. If I analyze them, I wouldn’t make them. There has to be an unknown element to be interesting.”
Peter Doig is an artist who seems perpetually en route elsewhere. When we meet in London he has just flown in from New York, where he was working until late the night before finishing a series of paintings inspired by Trinidad, where he has lived since 2002. Next he’s off to Edinburgh, the city where he was born in 1959 – and where he has a major exhibition opening at the Scottish National Gallery – but which he left at the age of one, for an earlier sojourn in Trinidad. He spent his formative years in Canada, but claims that he feels most at home in London.
“I’m just one of those people who don’t feel they’re from anywhere,” he says with a smile. Yet a sense of place and the issue of where the individual is from, or – more importantly – where they think they’re from, are he admits, “definitely questions in my work”.
Peter Doig (b. 17 April 1959); Scottish painter. One of the most renowned living figurative painters, he has settled in Trinidad since 2002.... Art critic Jonathan Jones said about him: "Amid all the nonsense, impostors, rhetorical bullshit and sheer trash that pass for art in the 21st century, Doig is a jewel of genuine imagination, sincere work and humble creativity."
...In 2016, a former Canadian corrections officer began a $5 million lawsuit against Doig over a picture he claimed was by Doig despite the artist's denial it was his work. A Chicago court ruled in Doig's favor later that year, finding that the painting was actually the work of a similarly named man, Peter Doige.