'In pursuing the illusive qualities of light and shade using a transparent medium, I use a limited colour palette and avoid unnecessary detail which results in an apparent simplicity or impressionist style. Most of my work is done in the studio, aithough when conditions permit, I prefer to paint ‘on the spot’. Invariably these paintings or watercolour sketches are direct and more rapid, having a fluid quality of their own.'
Douglas Holloway trained at the Royal West of England Academy School of Architecture, Bristol, where considerable importance ‘was given to classical presentation and technique in watercolour. He also studied watercolour with James Michie, whose inexhaustible enthusiasm and practical encouragement inspired early confidence in handling the medium.
He first showed at open air exhibitions at Hanipstead Heath, where he lived, and at Millbank London and has since exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, the Royal Cambrian Academy, the Gloucester City Art Gallery Whitewell (Bowland) Fine Arts, Great House Gallery Rivington, Dallas Inman Gallery, Preston and many others in England and Wales, including two one-man exhibitions in Preston.
Douglas is an Academician and an annual exhibitor at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (elected 1953) and has works in the permanent collection.
For the past 40 years Douglas has concentrated mainly on the Lancashire scene, including the Lakes, but also enjoys painting in North Wales and Andalucia where he spends part of each year. Many of these watercolours have been commissioned by private collectors and also by the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, who have paintings abroad and in their HQ Mess in Preston. His last one-man exhibition was at the Quaker Gallery, St Martins Lane, London in November 1999.
In October 2000 some of his paintings were on show in NewYork at the DFN Gallery as part of NYAD 2000 in association with Christie-Wild.
On behalf of the people of Lancashire, Douglas Holloway presented a competition winning watercolour of the River Hodder at Whitewell in the Forest of Bowland, to the Queen on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee visit to The Guildhall in Preston, 5 August 2002.