Peter Doig At the Edge of Town 1986 - 1988 © Peter Doig. All rights reserved. DACS, London 2023


Born 1959
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Edinburgh

Doig was born in Edinburgh in 1959. Between 1962 and 1979 he lived with his family in Trinidad and Canada until his move to London to study at Wimbledon School of Art (1979-1980) and Saint Martin’s (1980-83). Doig’s breakthrough as a painter began in 1990, while he was studying towards a Master’s degree at Chelsea School of Art. Doig is one of the most internationally-renowned artists working today, having reinvigorated the medium of painting. His inventive style, sensuous colour palette and suggestive imagery set him apart from the conceptualism dominating much of contemporary art.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms


A painting style in which paint is applied in thick, textural passages that stands out from the surface. Popularised during the seventeenth century, the painterly technique has remained a vital element of modern and contemporary practices.