Doreen Djorlom

Doreen Djorlom

Skin name: Ngalbangardi
Language: Kunwinjku
Dreaming: Duwa
Clan: Mirradja
Date of birth: 1971-02-07
From: Malyakarnnak
Community: Oenpelli : NT


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Doreen Djorlom is the daughter of Shirley Nganjmirra and David Kelly. She is married to painter Gary Djorlom, and they sometimes collaborate on bark paintings framed in coiled pandanus. Doreen learned fibre techniques from her mother Shirley Kelly and was taught painting by her father and by her husband. She has three children – Amanda, Christine and Leonard who are all emerging artists.Doreen was shortlisted for The Alice Prize 2020 Contemporary Art.
She is known for her inventive designs and patterns, and masters a range of forms including woven dilly bags and mats as well as coiled forms. She often works in strong colours with a confident stitch.  

(Source: Injalak Arts and Hamby, Louise, ‘Twined Together’, Injalak Arts and Crafts, 2005)

Group exhibitions

  • 2020 The Alice Prize 2020, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
  • 2013 Wurrkabal, Netanya Resort, Noosa QLD
  • 2013 Artisans In The Gardens, Group exhitibition - Sydney Botanic Gardens
  • 2013 Katherine Art Prize, Finalist
  • 2005 Twined Together, National touring exhibition,Injalak Arts and Museum Victoria 2005-2007


  • National Gallery of Australia 2010 for collaboration on weaving Yawk Yawk


  • Louise Hamby, Twined Together: Kunmadj njalehnjaleken, Injalak Arts and Crafts Association, 2005