The Devonish Art Gallery first opened its doors in Barbados in 1969, after residing in the UK for seven and a half years, the gallery moved to Anguilla in 1988, where I set up business after an OAS assignment for handicraft development with the Anguilla council of women.
The time has come for me to confine myself to the studios, ceramic and wood. Having just celebrated my 76th birthday, I feel compelled to create, and nothing else but create.
Currently, my days start at 6:30am until 9am in the studios, prepare breakfast in time to reach the gallery by 10am until 4 or 5pm. Unfortunately, it is still dark at 6 in the morning and at 6:30 in the evenings, no inspiration for working, after sitting on the computer all day in between customers.
Fifty years in business is a long time worrying about numbers, it’s time to do what I love most, and that is creating. Unfortunately, there is no local market. The tourist market is fickle and seasonal; after 2008, it was not feasible to hire staff, so physically managing the gallery was left to wifey and myself, neither of us regarded it as a labor of love.
I can only hope for a successful working relationship with the new gallery owner as of 1st March 2020.
This website: devonishartgallery.com will still be operational, featuring creations exclusive to the mortar and brick business in Anguilla.
I would like to thank everyone from all over the world for their patronage over the past 50 years and hope for their continued support for better things to come. God Bless.