Spinifex Hill Artists

Untitled by 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 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, 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.   

Spinifex Hill Studio stands on Kariyarra Country in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is home to one of the youngest Aboriginal art collectives in the north-west of Australia, Spinifex Hill Artists.

Artist: Doreen Chapman
Title: Untitled.

Dimensions: 101.5 x 122cm
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas. Framed in Tasmanian Oak.


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