No Foreign Lands: Peter Doig

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
3rd August 2013 - 3rd September 2013

The first major Scottish show by Edinburgh-born Doig focuses on paintings from the last decade that reflect years spent between Trinidad, London and Germany. His paintings are filled with oblique references and unsettling atmosphere, local colour and characters. Fetching mind-boggling prices these days, he still tries to keep it real.

This important international exhibition is a collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal and surveys the paintings and works on paper that Doig has created during the past 10 years, with a particular emphasis on the artist's approach to serial motifs and recurring imagery. These works are exotic in their subject matter, formally spare and monumental at the same time and show Doig working at the height of his extraordinary powers.

His inventive style, uncommonly sensuous palette and suggestive imagery set him apart from the conceptualism dominating much of contemporary art. A willingness to take up the challenge still posed by the paintings of Gauguin, Matisse, Bonnard, Marsden Hartley and Edward Hopper places him in a long line of great colourists, expressive handlers of paint and creators of richly textured worlds.