Many people will be familiar with Dion Beasley’s work from the Cheeky Dog t-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 t-shirts and bags for a number of years. This exhibition sees a whole new side to Dion’s work.
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.