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The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Canada of paintings by leading British artist Peter Doig. The exhibition features eleven major paintings made during the last decade, on loan from public and private collections in Europe and North America. Peter Doig will be shown at the National Gallery from 17 August to 28 October 2001. The exhibition presents the development of Doig’s recent works which are fascinating large-scale oil paintings that reveal a tension between abstraction and figuration, while also engaging with pop music, cinema, photography and video.
In Doig's paintings bleak nighttime scenes are juxtaposed with melancholic figures deep in thought. The failure of utopian narratives is suggested in exterior and interior views of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, an image of a lone man floating on tropical waters and a roadside rainbow painted on a pedestrian underpass.