Douglas obtained his diploma in painting in 1976 . Based at the Cholamandal Art Village, Chennai, he had a distinct style of work which was both evocative and lucid in style,
He lived in West Germany from 1981-88 and became noted for his enigmatic and unstructured layers of human emotions..
Douglas has had several solo exhibitions: Muniau 1982, Munich 1986, Amsterdam 1994, Bombay, Madras and Bangalore, Sakshi 1992-1996. His participation includes shows in Germany 1981-90, Amsterdam 1991, 95
Douglas has received awards from the 1.K.A., Madras in 1980, 89, 90, Bharat Bhavan Biennale in 1990, a national award for paintings, New Delhi 1992, junior and senior Government of India Cultural Fellowships for 1991-93, 1994-96 and a Charles Wallace grant in 1994 to study ceramics in the Netherlands.
Douglas lives and works in Chennai