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No Foreign Lands: Peter Doig

Photo: © Jochen Littkemann - Peter Doig | Oil on canvas - Red Boat (Imaginary Boys) Acclaimed throughout America and Europe, Peter Doig once lived in Québec and Ontario, between 1966 and 1979, and the proof is in his passion for hockey! In his pieces, memories of that time seep through here and there, for instance, whenever a figure is featured in a canoe.

Taking place from January 25 to May 4, 2014, this exhibit focuses on the artist’s Trinidadian period, as demonstrated by the pieces' splendid colours. Peter Doig settled in this tropical paradise roughly a decade ago, after having first become acquainted with it at an early age with his parents. After a noteworthy 20-year stint in London, his return to Trinidad enriched his art, confirming his lush palette, which can be likened to Gauguin's, while also revealing his undeniably modern, formal style. He has made an outstanding mark on contemporary art, having garnered interest among collectors the world over.

Born in Edinburgh, Peter Doig currently divides his time between Trinidad and New York. The show's theme, No Foreign Lands, perfectly conveys the painter's view of the world: that no place on Earth is alien to him. In The Silverado Squatters, his compatriot, the great Scottish poet Robert Louis Stevenson, wrote: “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign." Peter Doig’s imagination and esthetic sensitivity come across throughout the exhibit, from his major works and posters to the studies and personal documents on display, all of which are wonderfully at home in the magnificent galleries of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion.
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