Shannon Smiley was commissioned to create this painting in 2017. As part of his research he explored Darebin Creek and surrounds. He explains the inspiration behind his new work. ‘I'm enjoying making this work and becoming intimate with the Darebin area. I’ve been exploring the edge lands of Darebin, chasing down historically significant sites I've heard about, like the U.S. military bunkers and the place where the Batman treaty was signed.’ he said. Smiley looks to the Australian suburban environment for places of enchantment. In the overlooked and undefined spaces without purpose or function, a wilderness grows with an urgent will to live. Smiley’s works are romantic depictions of contemporary landscape.
Shannon Smiley is a graduate of VCA. His practice has been acknowledged through a number of significant awards including Metro Art Prize (winner, 2012) and the John Leslie Art Prize (winner, 2014). Shannon recently won the People´s Choice Award for the inaugural Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize 2015. His work is held in public and private collections including the Ballarat Art Gallery and Gippsland Art Gallery.