James Dixon (1887-1970) was a primitive painter born in Donegal and his childhood was devoted to fishing and farming. His painting career first began when painting the odd bird or flower. In 1959, Dixon watched the great artist Derek Hill painting and claimed that he could do better. Refusing any help given to him, he made his own brushes out of donkey hair.
James’ first show was held in 1966 at the New Gallery in Belfast followed by one in Vienna and one in London. In 1970 he represented the ‘Aspects of Landscape’ exhibition, which was organised by the Arts Council in Dublin.