Douglas was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1941. He studied commercial design at The Bradford College of Art from 1957 to 1961. During this period he took a studio in the centre of Bradford, painting in the evenings and at weekends. This led to gaining a place at The Royal College of Art between 1961 and 1964.
Says Doug, “I then foolishly co founded ‘Binder Edwards and Vaughan’ with two ex students from Bradford College. We were termed ‘The Underground Design Group’, winning commissions from the glitterati of the sixties in London. After the dissolution of the design group, I determined to return to painting, which at this stage took on a very pronounced graphic style. It did however lead to solo shows at The Whitechapel Art Gallery, then subsequently shows in Chicago and Minneapolis. They were very successful commercially, although my dealer was to question my loosening of style which then led to a friendly parting of ways.” Binder is often seen as the father of pop-psychedelic decor, with the rock group The Beatles being his most famous first customers. Paul McCartney commissioned him to paint his Knight piano. He was also involved with The Roundhouse, a famous London venue that was host to the biggest musical acts of the 1960s and 1970s.
Doug’s present role in Dean Clough Mills in Halifax, after nearly twenty five years as founding curator, is now ‘Painter in Residence’, where he has a small studio attached to the galleries. All his paintings now depict the life models from the life class.
- 1968 Yarrowstalks Gallery, London1971
- Martin Gallery Minneapolis USA
- 1971 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
- 1972 Lippi Gallery, Chicago USA
- 1976 St Martin’s School of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London
- 2007 Full Circle – Dean Clough Art Gallery, Halifax
- 2012 Full Circle, According to McGee, York