Born 1930, Aberdeen, Scotland
Donald Buyers studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen from 1948-51. Soon after graduating he was employed as an art therapist with tuberculosis patients in the Aberdeeen hospitals. While on honeymoon in Paris in 1955 he saw a retrospective exhibition of Picasso who, with Klee became a lasting influence. Back in Aberdeen he made a living as a successful commercial artist for some years and then concentrated increasingly on his career as a painter. With three fellow artists, Eric Auld, Bill Baxter and Bill Ord, he formed the ABBO group in 1957 which was to exhibit extensively for many years throughout Scotland as well as in Newcastle and Birmingham.
From 1963 to 1985 Buyers taught at Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology as well as being a visiting lecturer at Gray's School of Art. His work is represented in the collections of the Arts Council, Aberdeen Art Gallery and the Duke of Edinburgh.