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Douglas graduated from Hornsey Art School, later called Middlesex Polytechnic, London, in 1976 with a BA Hons in Fine Art.

He had the good fortune to receive a year’s French Scholarship to Les Beaux Arts in Aix en Provence in the same year, where he explored the new and refreshing Mediterranean light and landscape.

After returning to England to complete a year’s postgraduate teaching degree from Leeds University in ’77, the first taste of the Mediterranean drew him back to develop his painting and drawing. This time he travelled to Italy in a combi van with 100 pounds in his pocket, and armed with paints, brushes and easel, he discovered another world of stimulating and inspirational images. This valuable time also allowed him to learn the language better and meet other artists.

On the streets of Bologna, Florence and Venice, and around Tuscany, Douglas attempted his first tentative drawings and watercolours, learning much to do with light, drawing, colour and the new experience of painting from life, old cities and the landscape.


It was an invaluable experience and it helped form a solid foundation for his painting career, and the confidence to live from painting.

Travel and the sense of adventure led him to Australia in 1982, where he continued to paint to fund his travels and discover a new country. It was a different challenge to interpret the vastness of the landscape, its light and colours all of which contrast with those of Europe. This is where he wanted to “hang his hat”.

After starting married life in Fremantle in 1984 where his two daughters were born, he moved to the Yallingup area in 1991 and established a home and studio where he continues to work full time at his painting and the challenges of interpreting this country’s contrasting landscape.

Since 1985 Douglas has travelled many times to the north to paint including the Pilbara, Kimberley, Murchison as well as the Northern Territory . The north will always have a fascination and be an endless source of inspiration. The timeless, vast and spiritual nature of its land has a power which has not been felt anywhere else.


The immediate surroundings of his home, the bush and the rugged beauty of the coast, are also the inspiration for his art.

His work is represented locally at Yallingup Galleries and in Perth at Linton and Kay Galleries.

Douglas’ paintings hang in private and corporate collections in Australia and throughout the world.



Artist Statement

The experience gained in the formative years of painting and drawing from life has helped train my eye to observe. My work is often about light and how it falls on landscape. The landscape forms the basis of my subject matter whether figuratively or simply exploring its abstract properties. The ancient qualities and size of Australian landscape also contribute to the challenge of interpreting it through painting.

My art is expressed through the language of painting by my reaction to a visual experience. It may be landscape, the play of light over a subject, the movement of water, the colour of rock, but I am compelled and inspired to put it down on paper or canvas and develop it further in the studio.

The process and purpose of making art is my way of reasoning my position in the world whose beauty I attempt to reflect and capture.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Born
  • Scotland 1952

Studies & Professional Experience

1972-76

B.A. (Hons) Fine Art- City & Guilds & Hornsey Art School, London.

1976-77

1 Year French Scholarship, Ecole de Beaux Arts, Aix en Provence.

1977-78

1 Year Post-graduate Art Teacher’s Certificate, Leeds University.

1978-82

Traveled and painted in Italy, France and Austria, specialising in watercolours, landscapes and portraits.

1982-84

Arrived in Australia, March 1982. Traveled and painted widely until September 1984.

Oct-1984

Gained permanent residency in Australia and started painting full-time. Paints Pilbara, Kimberley, Northern Territory, Settled in South West of Western Australia. Subsequent painting trips made to Nepal and Europe taking in Tuscany France and Portugal.

1999

2 week Painting and Teaching trip to Lucca, Tuscany.

2000

2 week Painting and Teaching trip to Lucca, Tuscany.

2001

3 week Painting and Teaching trip to Greece.

2002

2 week Painting and Teaching trip to Lucca, Tuscany.


Awards

2007

Winner of Vasse Primary School Art Exhition.

2006

Cossack Art Award, Pilbara Landscape Category.

2006

Joint Winner Vasse Primary School Art Prize.

2000

People’s Choice, Cossack Art Prize.

2000

Finalist for Mandorla Art Prize.

1995

Finalist for Mandorla Art Prize.

1993

Wild West Hyundai Art Prize, Gillian Aitken Award.

1991

Katanning Art Prize, Water based Medium.

1987

Subiaco Rotary Art Club Prize.

1986

Subiaco Rotary Art Club Prize.

1985

Williams Watercolour Prize.


Representations

St John of God Hospital Bendat Cancer Centre, Subiaco, Western Australia.

Private collections in Europe, USA, Israel, Australia.


Corporate Collections In Japan, USA, China, Australia

The Holmes a Court Collection

Rumanian Government

Dominion Gold Mines

The Weld Club

Westpac

Wesfarmers

Kerry Stokes

Reserve Bank

E.U. Delegation Office, Canberra

Millbrook Winery, Jarrahdale, WA

Hamersley Iron

Monastery Gallery Collection

Alinta Gas

New Norcia, WA

Evans and Tate Wines

Cape Bouvard

Kalgoorlie College Art Department Collection

Hale School Collection

Pilbara Iron

Illustrations for 3 poems in "Songs of The Possum" by Bill Mather-Brown


Solo Exhibitions

2012

Linton & Kay – Shenton Park, Perth.

2009

Monsoon Galley – Broome, WA.

2008

Monsoon Gallery – Featured Artist – Broome, WA.

2007

Moonsoon Gallery – Broome, WA.

2006

Delshan Gallery – Armadale, Victoria.

2005

Monsoon Gallery – Broome WA.

2004

Stafford Studios – Perth WA.

2004

Delshan Gallery – Armadale, Victoria.

2003

Monsoon Gallery – Broome, WA.

2002

Evans and Tate Wines Visitor’s Centre Opening – WA.

2000

Stafford Studios – Perth WA.

2000

Monsoon Gallery – Broome WA.

1999

Beaver Galleries – ACT.

1997

Stafford Studios – Perth, W.A.

1996

Gunyulgup Galleries – Yallingup, W.A.

1995

Stafford Studios – Perth.

1995

Beaver Galleries – A.C.T.

1995

Holdsworth Gallery – Sydney.

1994

Gunyulgup Galleries, Yallingup, W.A.

1993

Stafford Studios, Perth.

1991

Beaver Galleries.

1991

Arts Darwin Gallery, Darwin.

1990

Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney.

1990

Goodridge Gallery, Perth.

1988

Goodridge Gallery, Perth.

1987

’Pilbara Light’ Exhibition, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth.

1986

Goodridge Gallery, Perth.

1986

Ric’s Gallery, Dalkeith, Perth.

1985

Tresilian Community Centre, Perth.


Group Exhibitions

2008-13

Yallingup Galleries.

2007

Stafford Studios – Cottesloe, WA.

2007

Yallingup Galleries Garden Art Studio – WA.

2006

Gecko Gallery – Broome – WA.

2003-06

Yallingup Galleries Garden Art Studio – WA.

2001

Stafford Studios – Perth, W.A.

1998-99

Stafford Studios – Perth, W.A.

1998

Monsoon Gallery , Broome, WA.

1996

Pierrepiont Gallery, Newark, England.

1996

Abney Gallery New York, N.Y.

1991

Gallery at Carillion, Perth.

1989

Blaxland Gallery, Sydney.

1989

Relief Print Portfolio, "Western Sight", Perth Galleries.

1987

Fremantle Arts Centre.

1986

Two Man "Festival of Perth", Editions Gallery, Fremantle.

1984-85

Group Shows in Perth and Fremantle.

1983

Balmain Art Gallery, Sydney

1980-81

Austria and Italy


Galleries Representing Artist

Linton & Kay

Douglas has been represented by Linton & Kay since 2011.

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Yallingup Galleries

Douglas has been represented by the Yallingup Galleries since 2000.

Click here to go to the Yallingup Galleries website

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