DOUTHWAITE, Patricia

1934 - 2002

Patricia Douthwaite

Patricia Douthwaite, was born at Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland on 28 July 1934, daughter of Thomas Leslie Douthwaite and his wife Winifred Rachael née [?], and although she was born in 1934, she claimed throughout her life to have been born in 1939. She spent her early life in Paisley but she travelled widely, living in various places including York, Edinburgh, Dumfriesshire and Berwick upon Tweed. In 1947, Douthwaite took up expressive dance and ballet classes, only making the decision to be a painter later in her life, and without any formal art education but was probably instructed by John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1966) when she took up dance instruction from Margaret Morris (1891-1980) who was Fergusson's partner. Her work was notably compared to Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) and Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), the peintres maudits of early twentieth-century Paris and is featured in several different museums and, 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 resulted in her never achieving the public success she deserved. Patricia left Scotland in 1958, and associated herself with a wide artistic crowd which included Robert MacBryde (1913-1966), Robert Colquhoun (1914-1962), Peter Cook, Roger Law, and with William Crozier (1874-1961), whom she had met in Glasgow and she moved into Crozier's house in Suffolk and who introduced her to the distinguished artist and illustrator Paul Hogarth (1917-2001) whom she married in 1963, and they had one son, Toby. During 1959-1988 she travelled widely, to North Africa, India, Peru, Venezuela, Europe, U.S.A., Kashmir, Nepal, Pakistan, Ecuador and from 1969 lived part of the time in Majorca. She died at Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland on 26 July 2002.




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