Douglas Abercrombie was born in 1934 in Glasgow, and studied at Glasgow School of Art. In 1956 he won an R.S.A. Carnegie Travelling Scholarship, and had his first solo show in Edinburgh in 1957. Various shows followed, in Winsor, London and Lippstadt, before in the Seventies exhibiting in London with artists at Stockwell Depot. In 1977 his work was included in “British Painting 1952 – 77” at the Royal Academy, and “Four Abstract Artists” at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. In 1980 Abercrombie was selected for “The New Generation: A Curators Choice” at the Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York. A Summer Show at the Serpentine Gallery, London, established his reputation as an exceptionally talented abstract painter with an original sense of colour and paint-handling.
In 1984 Abercrombie's work was chosen for the Hayward Annual, and he travelled to America to participate in the Triangle Workshop in Mashomack, New York State. He was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 1993, and his most recent solo show was at Deli-Art, London, in 2003. His work is in various public and private collections, including the Scottish Arts Council. Abercrombie lives and works in London and Scotland.