Softground & aquatint
29 x 41 cm
Dion’s artworks often make observations on his life, as well as his fascination with
animals. His images of camp dogs are well-known. In this image the camp dogs are
running in to join the action of lion chasing the zebra , these overseas animals are inspired
by various visits to different zoos and Dion’s favourite animal DVD’s.
Dion Beasley is an independent artist who was born in Alice Springs in 1991. He has
spent most of his life in communities throughout the Barkly region. Dion currently lives in
Tennant Creek with his friend and mentor Joie Boulter.
Dion applies observations of his current life including his connections with town camps in
Tennant Creek and surrounding communities into his artwork and is particularly interested
in animals. Dion also depicts the social structures and relationships between people and
animals, the interaction they maintain with each other and the world around them.
Dion’s humorous nature is captured in his artwork by a clever and intuitive use of space as
well as his ability to give a sense of character and movement to the animals, people and
places he draws. Dion’s images of camp dogs have also inspired the well-known range of products under the Cheeky Dog label.
In 2007 Arts Access Darwin facilitated a series of screen prints to paper through Julalikari
Arts. The results of this toured nationally in the exhibition A Dog’s Life.
In July 2010 Dion used the medium of etching for the first time when printmakers Leon
Stainer and Kevin Banbury worked with him in Tennant Creek. Dion travelled to Darwin in
November 2010 to work with Leon Stainer in stone lithography and Jacqueline Gribbin in
etching at the Northern Editions printmaking studio, Charles Darwin University. During a
week of printmaking, Dion also worked alongside artist Rob Brown and at times
collaborated with him to produce artwork together. Both artists are inspired by the many
characters of the animal world and share a mischievous sense of humour which is evident
throughout their work, continually delighting their audience.
“The prints leave the viewer with a glow inside, a little bit of Dion.”
Kevin Banbury, collaborating printmaker and trustee, 2010.
Softground & aquatint