Doug Wright was born in Ballarat. Between 1963-64 he studied at Ballarat School of Mines Art School and in 1965-66 at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, resulting in a Diploma of Art (Fine Art Painting). Since 1974 he has had over 20 solo exhibitions and in 1993 a survey exhibition, which travelled Victorian Regional Galleries.
He has exhibited in major group exhibitions including the Swan Hill Pioneer Art Award (Highly commended) 1978; ‘8 Ballarat Artists’, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; Mornington Peninsula drawing Prize Exhibition; Inez Hutchison Prize, Melbourne (Highly commended); Swan Hill Pioneer Purchase Art Award (Purchased 1984); Wynne Prize Exhibitions, Art Gallery of N.S.W; Hugh Williamson Prize Exhibition, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; ACAF 2,3,4,5,6.
Collections include National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria, New Parliament House Collection, Canberra; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; University of Ballarat; Swan Hill Regional Gallery of Contemporary Art; Maryvale Art Foundation; Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre; Artbank; AMP Collection; IBM Collection, Brisbane; Robert Holmes a Court Collection; Ansett Collection; Tricom Corporation, Melbourne; Shell Company of Australia; Arthur Anderson Co; Philip Morris Collection; University of Melbourne; La Trobe University; University of Tasmania; Burwood State College (Deakin University); Western Mining Co.; Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences (La Trobe University), Melbourne; Private collections in Australia, France, Italy and Singapore.
Doug Wright is now a full-time painter having retired as Senior Lecturer in charge of Painting at The University of Ballarat.