Peter Doig, a contemporary Scottish painter who resides in Trinidad has won the annual Wolgang Hahn Prize from the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany. Doig originally moved to Trinidad in 1962 for several years and later returned in 2002, when he set up a studio at the Caribbean Contemporary Arts centre near Port of Spain, and also became professor at the internationally renowned fine arts academy in Düsseldorf, Germany.
British painter Peter Doig is the winner of the fifteenth annual Wolfgang Hahn Prize, awarded each year to a contemporary artist by the Society for Modern Art at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, reports the Deutsche Presse Agentur. Doig will be presented with the €100,000 ($158,000) prize at a ceremony at the museum on April 14. The museum also acquires a work from each prizewinner.
Doig was recognized as one of the most important painters of our time by the prize's jury, which also called attention to the "mysterious, explosive density" of his populated landscapes. "Doig's painterly realism leads painting to unexplored territory," said juror Iwona Blazwick from London's Whitechapel gallery.
Doig has a traveling retrospective currently on view at Tate Britain through April 27 . It will open next at the ARC/Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris on May 29 and then the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt on October 9.