Born in 1959 in Edinburgh, Peter Doig grew up in Trinidad and Canada. He then moved to London in 1979 to study art. At a time when painting was in decline, Doig revived the medium with vivid and colourful oil canvases, reminiscent of Edvard Munch.
Doig uses photographs, newspapers, album covers, and movies as a frame of reference, but he does not just copy the images. Instead of going for realism, he takes inspiration from these pictures to create figurative work.
During the nineties many of his paintings were of Canadian landscapes that reminded him of childhood. The latest exhibition of Doig's work, however, showcases his early paintings from the 1980s. You can see the Early Works on display at the Michael Werner Gallery until the 31st May.
Doig's paintings from the eighties have a much more urban feel, with city scenes and pop culture. My favourite is an untitled oil on wood painting that depicts a chef preparing a donna kebab.
As well as his paintings, Doig also practiced pencil and ink sketches on paper. From these you can no doubt guess that he has a love of Westerns, as several depict cowboys going 'hi ho silver away'. His paintings are bright, fun, and playful, and are a joy to look at.