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Betty Carrington / Gulumbu (1A)

60cm x 60cm Ochre on Linen, 2018

SKU: 17124


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Betty was born on Texas Downs Station, c. 1940. Her mother and father both worked on Texas Downs station and at Turkey Creek. Her father was a police tracker. Betty is now a senior law woman and artist.

Since commencing to paint with the Warmun Art Centre in 1998 Betty has travelled widely to promote the art and culture of her people.

The Carrington women have established themselves as talented artists – Betty’s eldest daughter, Sade, is an International Artist. Sade’s daughter Charlene Carrington is an exciting third generation senior artist and now Charlene’s children are following in the footsteps of these great women, the fourth generation of ochre artists.

Betty has a huge extended family, and describes the largest room in her house – where she lives at Warmun with her husband Patrick Mung Mung – with having “wall to wall children” every night.

Betty paints her home country of Texas Downs, the area around Warmun and Turkey Creek, her father’s country – Darrajayn (Springvale) and Dowooloon (Anne Springs) as well as themes representing the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) stories she willingly teaches the youngsters.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

• Betty Carrington & Roberta Daylight: Grandmother/Grandaughter, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne

• Betty Carrington & Patrick Mung Mung, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

• Betty Carrington, Allison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne

• Betty Carrington, Allison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

• Spiritual essence of the Earth with Warmun artists – Aboriginal Signature Estrangin gallery • Brussels

• Gija Contemporary Art from Warmun, Aboriginal and Pacfic Art, Sydney, NSW

• Warmun: Gija Contemporary Art of Western Australia, Harvey Art Projects, USA
• Warmun Aboriginal Art, Art Images Gallery, Adelaide, SA

• Patrick and Betty, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

• Warmun – Our Earth Our Story’, Art Images Gallery, Norwood. SA
• Framed Gallery, Darwin NT

• Warnarran Gelengen: Old times new times’, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney. NSW
• Sharing Difference on common ground, Holmes a Court Gallery, WA
• Warmun Ochres: Rich Earth’ , Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
• Hedland Art Awards, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, WA

• Star crossed lovers of the Kimberleys’ , Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
• The Women of Warmun: ten years on ‘ Gadfly Gallery, Perth
• Red Centre, Red Dot, Celebrating Indigenous Australia, Australian High Commission, Singapore
• East of East Kimberley: Warmun in Asia, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
• Mungowum Ngarraknaari Yaarun (Strong Stories, Strong Culture) Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

• Warda-Wurrarrem (all kinds of stars), Raft Artspace, Darwin
• Greetings from Turkey Creek, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
• Ochre, Brushes, Canvas: new work from Warmun, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
• Betty Carrington & Patrick Mung Mung, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

Selected Awards

• Artist in Residency- 2 week program at Coomalie Cultural Centre, Bachelor, NT

• East Kimberley Art Award, Heytesbury Award

Selected Collections

• Batchelor Institute Collection, NT
• Broadmeadows Health Service Collection, Melbourne
• Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
• Harland Collection
• Kaplan Collection, USA
• Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth
• Laverty Collection, Sydney
• Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
• National Australia Bank
• Artbank, NSW


Betty has painted part of Ngarragarroon Country (Texas Downs Station) that is closest to Turkey Creek. When you drive into Texas, there is a big mountain on the left called Gulumbu. It changes colour depending on the time of day and year and the colours are beautiful. The ‘old people’ call it Spear Hill. This is where they would come to cut the spearheads and stone axes they needed for hunting many years ago.

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