Cheekydog is the artwork of Northern Territorian Aboriginal youth Dion Beasley. Dion’s’ country is near the remote community of Canteen Creek (Owairtilla) located south-east of Tennant Creek. Dion is profoundly deaf and has reduced mobility due to muscular dystrophy, however he has overcome these challenges and communicates with the world through his visual representations of community life.
Dion successfully launched a children’s story book “Too Many Cheeky Dogs” written by Johanna Bell and illustrated by Dion. The concept has seen the production of a range of t-shits, hats and bags and this year Dion will be releasing a second book. During 2012, Dion was one of the twelve artists from across Australia whose work featured in the Primevera exhibition, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.