Peter Doig, The Courtauld Gallery: How to get tickets for Somerset House 2023 exhibition
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A major exhibition of new and recent works by Peter Doig has opened opened at The Courtauld at Somerset House.
The exhibition, which opened on Friday, features 12 paintings and 19 works on paper, and includes major canvases created since the artist’s move from Trinidad to London in 2021.
The Edinburgh-born artist secured his early reputation in the 1990s as a highly original figurative painter, producing large-scale, immersive landscape paintings that exist somewhere between actual places and the realms of the imagination.
In 2021 Doig moved back to London where he has set up a studio, which has become the crucible for developing paintings started in Trinidad, New York and elsewhere, which are being worked up alongside completely fresh paintings.
Peter Doig gained his BA from St Martin’s School of Art, London, in 1983, and his MA from the Chelsea School of Art in 1990.
The following year he was awarded the Whitechapel Artist Prize and he was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994.
In 2000 Doig returned to Trinidad, when he was invited to join a residential programme in Port of Spain with friend and fellow artist Chris Ofili. Two years later, he settled back on the island, establishing a studio there.
His first major solo exhibition was held at Tate Britain in 2008, with an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery in 2013.
His work has been acquired by major public collections around the world, including Tate Modern, London; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago.
As well as showing a major group of Doig’s new paintings in The Courtauld’s Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries, the Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery showcases the artist’s work as a printmaker with a display that unveils for the first time a series of prints Doig made in response to the poetry of his friend and collaborator, the late Derek Walcott (1930-2017).
The Courtauld Gallery
Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen, head of The Courtauld Gallery, said: ‘We are excited to unveil this new exhibition of works by Peter Doig, the first since his return to London.
“The Courtauld’s great impressionist collection is a touchstone for many artists. It offers the perfect context to experience how Doig’s work resonates strongly with the art of the past whilst charting new directions.
“We are grateful to Morgan Stanley, Kenneth C Griffin, the Huo Family Foundation and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne for the generous support that has made this important exhibition possible.’
Sponsored by Morgan Stanley and supported by Kenneth C Griffin and the Huo Family Foundation, with additional support from the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Peter Doig is the first exhibition by a contemporary artist to take place at The Courtauld since it reopened in November 2021 following its redevelopment.
Clare Woodman, head of EMEA at Morgan Stanley, said: “Morgan Stanley is delighted to partner with The Courtauld on this major exhibition of work by Peter Doig, the third in the series of Morgan Stanley Exhibitions at the gallery.
“This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to experience Peter Doig’s work against the backdrop of The Courtauld’s world renowned Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection, enabling us to explore the way he draws inspiration from the past whilst creating new ideas and fresh ways of seeing.”
Tickets and opening times
The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Peter Doig is on from February 10 to May 29.
The opening hours are 10am to 6pm, and the exhibition is at The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House, The Strand.
Friends and under-18s go free. Other concessions are available.