British painter, born in Edinburgh. His father's work with a shipping company made for a childhood in different locations: in 1962 the family moved to Trinidad and then in 1966 to Canada. He went to London in 1979 to study art, first at Wimbledon School of Art and then at *St Martin's School of Art. Then, after a further period of supporting himself as a dresser at English National Opera, he moved back to Canada, where he worked as a scene painter in the film industry. Returning to Britain, he completed his MA at Chelsea School of Art in 1990. In 1993 he won first prize at the *John Moores Liverpool Exhibition. In 2002 he moved to Trinidad. He had a major retrospective at Tate Britain in 2008. Doig's paintings often recall the Canadian landscape, evoking snow and reflections with a virtuosic but anti-illusionistic painting technique.
Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)