Ramanujam’s death in 1973, Douglas’ own relocation from the Cholamandal Artist’s village to Germany, where he was caught between the art and the real world, brought about a change in his outlook as an artist. Germany taught him the importance of painters like Paniker and Ramanujam through their lens. It was in Germany that he was exposed to the genre of abstract surrealism. From 1985 to 1995, he turned to figurative abstractions, and his works speak volumes about modernist poetry. He worked with paper, cloth, sand tea stain, and he would often walk on the paper, and crumple it in order to create a surface of his own. There is an assumption that the man with bandages on his head in the Douglas’ series, Missed Call (2008), is a self-portrait.
The artist lives and works in Chennai.