While all of the press was busy covering the sale of Picasso’s ‘Women of Algiers’ which at £110m smashed the record for any work of art sold at auction, the Scotish born Canadian artist Peter Doig has created a new record price for his work, at the same sale, at Christie’s in New York. The painting of a canoe in a moonlit lagoon fetched nearly $26m (£16.6m)
Peter Doig’s ‘Swamped’ was one of a number of works sold in this well attended New York sale. Doig, who now lives in Trinidad, broke a personal record with his 1990 painting featuring vivid reds and yellows in a reflection on a lake. The previous record for a Doig piece had been $18m (£11.5m).
Peter Doig was born in Edinburgh in 1959 and raised in Trinidad and Canada before settling in London in 1979 to study painting. He has continued his somewhat peripatetic lifestyle, dividing his time between London, New York, Trinidad and Düsseldorf, where he maintains a professorship at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Doig who studied in London during the 1980s, won the Whitechapel Artist award in 1991. Three years later he was nominated for the Turner Prize. Having returned to Trinidad in 2000, Doig has joined friend Chris Ofili in this exotic location which is a big influence on his practice.