Douglas Gordon was born in 1966 in Glasgow, Scotland. He has had numerous museum exhibitions including ARC Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2000); Museu Serralves Contemporânea, Portugal (2000); Geffen Contemporary at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001, traveled to Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., through 2004); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2002); Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Berlin (2005); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006, traveled to Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires—Colección Constantini, Buenos Aires, through 2007); Tate Britain, London (2010); Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (2014).

Gordon has received prestigious awards including the Turner Prize, London (1996); Premio 2000, Venice Biennale, Italy (1997); Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum, New York (1998); Roswitha Haftmann Prize, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (2008); Käthe-Kollwitz-Preis, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2012); and Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters (2012/17). He currently lives and works in Berlin and Glasgow.