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Ian DOUGLAS 1935 - 1976

Biography

Born in Hull, Ian Douglas initially trained as a watchmaker. However, on turning to art, he studied at Edinburgh, and later became a lecturer at the Cumbria College of Art and Design.

The minimalist abstract Overbalance subtly evokes its descriptive title through the clever use of basic elements. The brightness of the red contrasting with the pale green and pink casually draws your eye towards the top half of the composition, almost subconsciously.

Furthermore, the ambiguity is compounded by the inclusion of an Escher-like depth, as some of the surfaces appear affected by perspective, yet these are held back by the overriding flatness of colour and form.