Douglas Owen Portway
(1922 - 1993)
Douglas Owen Portway was active/lived in South Africa, England. Douglas Portway is known for abstract painting.
Biography Douglas Owen Portway
Douglas Portway was born in Johannesburg in 1922. He studied fine art at the Witwatersran Technical College and later taught at the University of Johannesburg. After his first solo exhibition in 1945 he gained such a reputation that he became the first South African to be awarded a travel grant from the Institute of International Education.
He left South Africa for good and travelled Europe in 1957, finally settling in Ibiza in 1959. After moving to Cornwall in 1967, he became part of the British abstract movement of the 1950's and 1960s. Portway's work is often classified as abstract expressionism and always retained some form of mystery to it. He believed that art should never be fully analysed.
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