Dorothea Fejo

ANKAAA Stand in Director

Dorothea FejoDorothea Fejo (Dotty) is a Larrakia woman who has lived in Darwin all her life. Born in 1966, Dotty speaks English and Creole while she understands many other languages due to growing up in the multicultural environment of Bagot Community on Larrakia Land.

Dorothea Fejo was taught to paint by her father and uncle who are known for their carving and art within the Larrakia community, and started making art in the year 2000 specialising in painting on canvas

Dotty has been involved in creating numerous public art works including; Lyons suburb at Lee Point, where she has supplied painted canvas as well as murals and tile designs; The Vopak tank at East Arm, which tells the story of the Larrakia; Mural at Howard Springs nature reserve; as well as external and internal art for the hospital short term accommodation unit.

In May 2006, Dotty was chosen to participate in the ABC mini-series Painting Australia, which looks at artists and their relationship with the Land around them and how they depict this relationship through their Art.

Dotty’s art focuses on food that is available from Larrakia land and sea. Her art reflects her relationship to the land and is unique in the way that she uses line work to create three-dimensional effects.


Creole, English




Governance & Further Qualifications

  • ANKAAA Director (since 2013)
  • ANKAAA Stand in Director (2012 – 2013)