Jimmy Dvate is a renowned contemporary artist specialising in large-scale murals of flora and fauna. Actively painting since 1997, he has a genuine passion for these beloved and often endangered creatures. His work captures their personalities brilliantly through not only a high degree of accuracy but also an imposing use of colour. So, where is the best place to experience the beauty of his visual creations in Victoria?
There are at least four locations where I am able to find silo art by Jimmy Dvate.
The first is in the little township of Picola approximately 250 kilometres north of Melbourne. Driving along Moran Street brought me to the Superb Parrot, a threatened taxon whose habitat has been severely depleted. The nearby Barmah Forest box woodland is their only breeding site within the state. Other wildlife depicted in the artwork includes the Bunyip Bird, Brumby Horse and Peregrine Falcon. Looking carefully, I also noticed a scar tree right in the centre. This recognition of our First Nations people is much appreciated.
Secondly, I found the Rochester silo art to be rather impressive. A dazzling blue and orange Azure Kingfisher sits on a branch alongside the Campaspe River while an agile Squirrel Glider with its big fluffy tail clings to the branch of a Red River Gum. And, around the back, a Duck-Billed Platypus swims at the surface of the abovementioned river. Its head and bill can be seen just above the water. Instead of rushing between Bendigo and Echuca, why not attempt to meet these three painted animals next time you're in the region.
The third location is along the North East Victoria Silo Art Trail. The silos at Goorambat feature both the Clydesdale Horses which have chiefly supported the town's farming community and the endangered Australian Barking Owl whose home is in the hollows of the ironbark trees east of the township.
Lastly, there are the Mallee Emu-Wrens on mobile field bins around Woomelang. The male birds have sky blue faces and bibs while the female birds lack any blue plumage. They are at risk of extinction after bushfires destroyed much of their habitat. These silo artworks are located within the Cronomby Tanks Recreation Precinct which can be accessed via Cronomby Tanks Road.