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Known locally as the James Dixon art gallery
It all began in the 1950's when the late English painter Derek Hill frequented the island on painting trips. On one of these trips an islander by the name of James Dixon stopped to watch Derek paint. After a few minutes Derek asked James "What do you think of my painting?" and James simply replied " I think I could do better myself" and in that moment a great friendship was born. Derek would send James art supplies though he preferred to use the donkey's tail to make his own brushes from. The Gallery is the former home of the late James Dixon.
In the years that followed the Tory School of painters has grown to nine members at present and indeed the style of painting has also developed. They style is widely known as Primitive or naíve altough it is not possible to place them all in that category as each member has their own unique way of capturing island life.
The gallery is at present in a state of disrepair, it is without electricity and cannot be used to display art work. We are currently fundraising to get a new building and any donations are greatly appreciated.
Known locally as the James Dixon art gallery. It all began in the 1950's when the late English painter Derek Hill frequented the island on painting trips...