Douglas Fanthome was born in Lucknow, India in 1937. Immigrated to the UK in the 60's at the age of 30 and worked for 25 years in London Transport, first, as a draughtsman, and then as a coordinator for the Jubilee Line Extension.
He had always been interested in art and joined the London Transport Art Group till they disbanded in the 70's.
In order to enhance his knowledge of art he joined the West Wickham Art Society in the 80's where he came under the influence of Keith Burtenshaw, Duncan Russell and Dennis Dellow. He then jointly founded the Addington Arts Association with Richard Purr and Paolo Francis.
He took early retirement to do a foundation diploma in Fine Art from Croydon College and was accepted onto a Fine Art degree course at Wimbledon School of Art. As a mature student he was not entitled to support from his local council and he was forced to drop out after eighteen months on the course.
Douglas appeared on Watercolour Challenge circa 1995
He has held many solo exhibitions in London and Croydon , including eight in the Sun Lounge at the Fairfield Hall in the 80's and 90's.Due to health and other personal reasons Doug gave up painting nearly 15 years ago.
Early in 2017 he returned to painting. He is engaged in producing a body of work (which has been shown at the Click Clock Art Gallery) to raise money for the charity Food2Think which was initiated by his daughter Jeanette and her husband Simon Rimmington. This charity helps provide a midday meal for the impoverished children of the Sri Gyatri Devi Basic School, Dhading Besi in Nepal.
All sales will go to this charity.
Douglas became a member of the Croydon Art Society in September 2017.MembershipsLondon Transport Art Group. (1971-76 )West Wickham Art Society. (1980-82 )Joint founder member of the Addington Art Society (1982-85)Appeared on Watercolour Challenge circa 1995Stopped painting about ten years ago for personal reasons.Re-started painting early in 2017 mainly in watercolour.