Doreen Chapman


As a deaf and non-verbal woman, painting is an important means of communication and storytelling, which is clear through Doreen’s captivating use of colour and joyous characterisations. In the words of Doreen’s mother, Maywokka May Chapman: ‘No fishing, no hunting, no car, painting, painting every day eh? You been bring ‘em, [s]he painting, painting, painting! [laughs]’ Doreen was born in Jigalong in 1971 and has spent her life moving between Western Desert communities in the Pilbara. She is a Manyjilyjarra artist and has spent the majority of her life in Warralong, a community 120km south-east of Port Hedland. She started painting with her mother, Maywokka May Chapman, at Martumili Artists. Today, she paints with both Martumili and Spinifex Hill Studio on a regular basis.

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Region: Pilbara, WA
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 76cm (h) x 45.5cm (w) 
Price: $1,000.00