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Douglas Bland

Born, 1923 in Eccleshall, England. Died, 1975


From the catalogue Commonwealth Artists of Fame 1952 - 1977 (Commonwealth Art Gallery, London, 1 June - 3 July 1977):

“Born in Eccleshall, England. Studied at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. In 1941 he joined the Royal Navy and served as a lieutenant. From 1946 he lived in the Far East, first in Bali, later in China and from 1948 until his death, in Hong Kong. Numerous exhibitions of his work were held in Australia, America, England and in the Philippines and he carried out several commissions for mural paintings in public buildings.

Employment in the Maritime Customs Services in China brought Douglas Bland into close contact with the life and landscape of the coast and rivers and he made many figurative drawings, watercolours and oil paintings; the sea, rivers, and estuaries came to mean more and more for him and the main source and inspiration of his work which was often on a large scale, abstract and rich in colour and texture. ”


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