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Oliver Akers Douglas






Hon. Oliver Ian Akers-Douglas was born on 13 October 1973, the son of Alastair George Akers-Douglas, 4th Viscount Chilston and Juliet Anne Lovett. A former journalsit, he is now an artist.


Oliver Akers Douglas is best known for his dramatic interpretations of the English landscape - once described by critic Matthew Dennison as "the foremost landscape painter of his generation".

Oliver insists on working from life. By using a Land Rover with a large easel welded to the side, Oliver is able to tackle ambitious compositions exclusively in the field. It is not necessary to 'work up' pictures from reference material in the studio. His pictures vividly convey his experience of being on the spot, acting as material records of his interaction with the elements, of the changing weather and light. Much of his work depicts the distinctive chalk down land near to his home in South Wiltshire - its steep-sided valleys and billowing cloudscapes but Oliver's paintings are more than mere depiction. The business of looking and responding to the landscape is conducted in a highly-charged atmosphere. The paint is deployed rapidly in bold strokes, creating an uplifting sense of immediacy. Using a selection of palette knives and brushes, his mark-making is distinctively his, the surfaces of his pictures being themselves textured landscapes of pure pigment. Beyond the active process of manipulating paint, there is also a serious concern with the formal aspects of picture construction - a fully-engaged attempt to resolve three dimensional experience in two dimensional terms.

Oliver began painting from an early age and was a successful artist at school. Apart from a Foundation course at Camberwell, Oliver is largely self taught. He graduated in 1997 from Edinburgh University with a First Class degree in English Literature, initially working as a journalist and writer before turning to his vocation in 2000. Oliver has been commissioned as a portraitist, but when the weather allows, the landscape is his focus. The winter months are typically given over to still life work and figure studies. His work is found in various English and international collections. He lives in Wiltshire with his young family.


He married Camilla E. H. Edwards, in 2005. They have three children, Ivo, b. 2007, Alice, b. 2009 and Arthur, b. 2012.


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Video of Oliver at work


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