Oliver Akers Douglas

29 November – 21 December 2018

Following a sell-out exhibition in 2016, Oliver Akers Douglas, one of Britain’s youngest collectable landscape artists, has spent the last two years pushing his plein air painting to the limit for his fourth solo show at Portland Gallery in 2018.

Largely self-taught, Oliver works predominantly from life. He deploys paint in bold strokes with both brush and palette knife to create textured and dynamic surfaces. His paintings are pure material records of his personal experience and deep engagement with the landscape - his knowledge of cloud formations is particularly extraordinary and helps to make his work so distinctive.

Oliver’s quest for wild and beautiful scenes is increasingly forcing him further afield. Battling extreme weather and getting to remote spots with his kit in tow can be gruelling – he recently hiked up a glacier to find the perfect vista in Switzerland. Back home, he scouts for locations using his specially adapted Land Rover, so he can paint straight onto a canvas attached to the side. Finding new solutions to the problems posed by plein air painting is all part of his process. For locations in this exhibition only reachable by foot Oliver has adapted a golf trolley!

As well as painting Dorset, Wiltshire, Connemara and Switzerland, Oliver has made several expeditions to the Scottish Isle of Iona in the Hebrides to create this body of work. In doing so, he is painting in the footsteps of the Scottish Colourist painters - most particularly Cadell and Peploe. Their famous paintings of the astonishing white sands, clear waters and breath-taking landscape have made the island a Mecca for artists. Since Cadell and Peploe’s visits to Iona in the early 20th Century, few artists have captured the island’s atmosphere as convincingly as Oliver.

A possible idea for a feature would be to compare the Colourists’ Iona with the one that Oliver finds today. Given the specificity of rocks and distant features it is possible to identify exactly the spots they stood in to paint their pictures. Oliver has created dozens of paintings that would offer intriguing comparisons to the Colourist's own. Furthermore, Portland Gallery represents and works with the estates of Cadell and Peploe – obtaining pictures rights would not be an issue.

Please click on the following link to view a video about Oliver and his work: https://www.youtube.com

Interviews and studio visits with Oliver can be arranged on request. Please scroll down for more examples of his work.
Please contact: jenny@portlandgallery.com 020 7493 1888


3 Bennet Street London SW1A 1RP 020 7493 1888 www.portlandgallery.com



Oliver Akers Douglas – Recent Work
Portland Gallery,
6-28 November 2016

For availability of works - Click here
Portland Gallery November 2016 Press Release - Click here

Monday–Friday 10am–6pm
Portland Gallery
London SW1A 1RP
0207 493 1888

portland gallery

8 Bennet Street London SW1A 1RP 020 7493 1888

Under Hill Over Coombe

Recent paintings by Oliver Akers Douglas

6-28th November 2016

Best known as a painter of dramatic English landscape, Oliver Akers Douglas’ second solo show at Portland Gallery is a tribute to the chalk downland of South Wiltshire.

Renowned as an area of outstanding beauty, the landscape where Oliver lives and works is distinctive for its unusually steep-sided hills. The title of the show makes reference to this topography while also echoing the type of place names one might encounter there.

Painted exclusively outdoors in front of the scene, Oliver's landscape paintings place him within a grand tradition of en pleine aire artists. However, being largely self-taught Oliver's techniques and practice are all his own. With the use of a Land Rover which doubles as an outdoor studio, Oliver is able to produce large works which previously artists would have had to complete indoors. The results are ambitious paintings displaying all the boldness and urgency of being produced directly from life. They bear witness to fleeting weather conditions and often include wonderful towering skies.

Applied thickly with a palette knife, the paint is handled with a rare boldness and freedom of gesture, creating sumptuous textured surfaces bursting with energy and life.

The exhibition will include more than 50 new works painted in both colour and in monochrome, and includes several still lifes. Described by critic Matthew Dennison as 'the foremost landscape artist of his generation' Oliver's work is keenly followed and can be found in numerous public and private collections.

For further information or to request high resolution images please contact Maria Morrow at Portland Gallery on 0207 493 1888, or at maria@portlandgallery.com