Doreen Chapman

Biography as told by Doreen's mother, Maywokka May Chapman:

    “Been born Jigalong. Big sister for my son, Dennis Thomas. [S]he been come this way, Hedland. Doreen [and] me [are] from Karntimarta, Warralong. I been bring him [her] here. Little girl [s]he start painting in Warralong. [S]he looking… looking… [s]he quick painter, quickly, looking, looking. No fishing, no huntng, 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, Western Australia. She is a Manyjilyjarra artist and has spent the majority of her adult life in Warralong, a community 120km south-east of Port Hedland.

She started painting with her mother, Maywokka May Chapman, and she first exhibited with Martumili artists in 2010. In recent years she has spent more time in Port Hedland and began painting at the Spinifex Hill Studios. As a deaf woman, painting is a crucial medium of communication and storytelling.

Doreen Chapman
Untitled 1

Acrylic on Canvas

91.5 x 122cm


Doreen Chapman
Untitled 2

Acrylic on Canvas

101 x 91.5cm


Doreen Chapman
Untitled 3

Acrylic on Canvas

101 x 122cm


Doreen Chapman
Untitled 4

Acrylic on Canvas

101 x 101cm




Works can be shipped within Australia + internationally at an additional cost, or picked up directly from TDF Collect in Collingwood between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

All artworks are oil on board, framed in Victorian Ash timber. 


Due to the ongoing health crisis, we will announce exhibition opening details closer to the time as per the most up-to-date recommendations.  

‘Devotions’ by Lucy Roleff
Presales open  July 7th
Exhibition opens July 18th
Open until July 23rd

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Sunday 11am - 3pm
Monday – Thursday, 10am-3pm. 
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