Paintings of Klosters

Born in 1973, Oliver Akers Douglas is an artist best known for his dramatic interpretations of the British landscape – a reputation that has made him one of the most collectable living artists working today. In recent years however, he has spent much time painting in the Swiss Alps where he has become transfixed by the romance of this enormous landscape. This exhibition includes 30 previously unseen oil paintings from recent trips to the region around the alpine ski resort of Klosters.

While the subject matter will be new to anyone who knows Oliver’s work, the paintings demonstrate his signature exuberance of style, with many of the paintings painted ‘en plein air’. As a keen explorer of the mountains, he is often found carrying heavy equipment to great altitude to capture his subject – be it in hiking boots in summer or on skis in winter. Despite the difficulty of doing this, Oliver believes there is no substitute for direct observation and his paintings convey a sense of energy and urgency that is spellbinding. They also have an intense awareness of colour and shifting light.

Oliver’s paintings are found in both public and private collections worldwide, most notably in the collection of HRH Prince of Wales who he has accompanied on a number of trips.