A Dog’s Life – Dion Beasley

Many people will be familiar with Dion Beasley’s work from the Cheeky Dog tee shirts that cover the backs of many Northern Territorians and tourists alike. Dion Beasley is a 17 year old Indigenous artist from Canteen Creek near Tennant Creek in the NT. Dion was born profoundly deaf and has muscular dystrophy. With his friend and mentor Joie Boulter, Dion has been producing Cheeky Dog images for Tshirts and bags for a number of years. This exhibition sees a whole new side to Dion’s work.

Dion Beasley, 'Dangerous Dog', screenprint with wash, 625 x 825mm, 2008. Photo: Angus Cameron

Dion Beasley, ‘Dangerous Dog’, screenprint with wash, 625 x 825mm, 2008. Photo: Angus Cameron

Ten large limited edition hand coloured prints provide humorous and astute observations of the community life of Canteen Creek’s camp dogs and introduces several new characters. The works were printed at Julalikari Arts in Tennant Creek under the guidance of Alan Murn.

These works captivate and delight and highlight the wonderful contribution artists with disabilities make to our cultural and artistic life. Murn says “The works on print are more than very, very good drawings of dogs. Dion’s line work is very confident and very skilful. His use of space that he works within is very clever, and his perspectives and perceptions are highly developed for someone without any training.”

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