amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS

Peter Doig

TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 2009 Honoree

TWO x TWO takes great pleasure and pride in honoring Peter Doig for his continued generosity and commitment to the fight against AIDS. Peter Doig is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished and inventive painters working today. Few artists of his generation have done as much to explore the evocative possibilities of paint and its capacity for depth and meaning. His works explore the psychological and physical spaces between description and invention, representation end abstraction.

Peter Doig draws from a wide range of sources, including personal snapshots, cinema, art history, and advertising. These sources, however, are merely a point of departure for the artist's imagination. An uncommon palette and a varied approach to the material and surface of paint transform his literal sources into scenes that evoke dreams or recollections. Doig's paintings, by turns melancholic, dramatic, pastoral and hallucinatory, are quiet occasions for contemplation and looking that take us outside the realm of our normal doily experience.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1959, Peter Doig was raised in Canada before returning to the UK in 1979. He lived for many years in London before moving to Trinidad, where he now lives and works. In London, he studied art at Wimbledon College of Art, St. Martin's School of Art and Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 1994, he was nominated for the Turner Prize and later served as a trustee of the Tate Gallery until 2000. Peter Doig is the recipient of numerous awards, having been honored most recently with the prestigious Wolfgang Hahn Prize from the Society for Modern Art, Museum Ludwig, Cologne. In 2003, he and fellow artist Che Lovelace initiated STUDIOFILMCLUB, a weekly series of free film screenings in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Peter Doig is a professor at the renowned Dusseldorf Art Academy, a post he has held since 2005.

In 2008, Tote Britain organized a major survey of the artist’s work, bringing together important series of major paintings and related works on paper from the past 20 years. This widely acclaimed exhibition—the most in-depth and comprehensive overview of Peter Doig's work to date—traveled from London to the Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. Prior to the Tate exhibition, Peter Doig participated in the Carnegie International, the Whitney Biennial and SITE Santa Fe.

He has been the subject of numerous solo museum exhibitions worldwide, including Blizzard Seventy Seven, Kunsthalle Kiel, Kunsthalle Nuremburg, and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1997; Echo Lake, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, Berkeley Art Museum, and The Saint Louis Art Museum, 2000; Charley's Space, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht and Carré d'Art Contemporain de Nimes, 2003; Metropolitain, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich and Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, 2004; Peter Doig: Works on Paper, Dallas Museum of Art, The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2005-06; Drawings, and STUDIOFILMCLUB, Museum Ludwig Cologne and Kunsthalle Zurich, to name only a few.

Peter Doig's paintings can be found in many important public collections, including Tate, London; The British Museum, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Dallas Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.