Pat Douthwaite (1934-2002) was encouraged to paint by Scottish Colourist J.D. Fergusson and was entirely self-taught. She exhibited regularly, her highly individual style was often considered outside the confines of mainstream art, indeed she was named “The High Priestess of the Grotesque in British Art”, and it is only since her death in 2001 that her art is achieving the public success she deserved.
1934 Born in Glasgow
1947 Started studying mime, movement and modern dance (she won the Phyllis Calvert Award for the latter) with Margaret Morris, the British dancer and choreographer, and was encouraged to paint by Morris’s husband, Scottish Colourist JD Fergusson, although he dissuaded her from going to art school. Margaret Morris and JD Fergusson were the most important influences of Douthwaite’s youth.
1958 Moved to East Anglia to live among a group of artists including William Crozier whom she had met in Glasgow and who introduced her to the distinguished artist and illustrator Paul Hogarth ((1917-2001). In addition to painting she also worked in several theatres as a set designer.
1963 Pat and Paul Hogarth marry and for the next few years lived in England, or in Deià, Mallorca with their son Toby, where they were neighbours and friends of the writer Robert Graves.
After around 10 years Pat left Paul Hogarth and began a nomadic existence travelling to many countries around the world. Although she exhibited regularly, her highly individual style was often considered outside the confines of mainstream art and, together with her somewhat nomadic existence and troubled personal life has resulted in her never achieving the public success she deserved.
2002 Died, 26 July in Dundee.