Melbourne artist Dionne Chambers grew up in a small town in country Victoria, Australia. With a love of all things boyish she earned the nickname ‘Billy the Kid’ from her father, now signing her artwork TomboyBill.
Training as an illustrator under the guidance of Warren Crossett (Doug Moran Prize, 2015) she found work in the commercial art and publishing industry.
With a yearning for the more traditional art never quite leaving her and inspired by art hero, Jean-Michel Basquiat she decided to pick up the brushes and explore her true passion.
'TomboyBill's artwork has large, expressive heads that seem to be between human and animal -
perhaps a statement of existence.'
- Helen Brack -
(Catty Bird Man exhibition)