Douglas Portway (1922-1993) was a well-known painter and printmaker, well known for both his figurative and abstract work. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he studied art but he left South Africa permanently in 1959. After a period travelling in Europe he settled in St Ives, Cornwall in 1967 and moved to Clifton in Bristol in the early 1980s. He also spent time working in France in the Dordogne. Portway's work was exhibited internationally, and in the UK he had one-man shows with Drian Gallery in London and with the Marjorie Parr and Gilbert-Parr Galleries in London. He is represented in many public collections, including the Tate Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and the collection of the Royal West of England Academy.