Douglas Owen Portway (1922-1993) was a South African born painter, draughtsman, designer and printmaker, well known for both his figurative and abstract work. He was born in Johannesburg, where he studied art. After teaching art and exhibiting his own work he left South Africa permanently in 1959 although he had a solo show at Adler Fielding Gallery in Johannesburg in 1962. After a period of 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 at Razac d'Eymet in the Dordogne. Portway's work was exhibited internationally, and in the UK he had solo shows with Drian Gallery in London (the first in 1959) and with the Marjorie Parr Gallery (1970) and the Gilbert-Parr Gallery. He is represented in many public collections, including the Tate Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Scottish National Museum of Modern Art and the South African National Gallery in Cape Town.