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Charlene Carrington / Gurirr Gurirr Ceremony

60cm x 150cm Ochre on Canvas

SKU: 16681

$3,400.00 $1,500.00

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Charlene is definitely one of the most talented, exciting young artists in Australia.  Born in Perth in 1977, she grew up at Warmun Community, Turkey Creek, Western Australia.  She has established herself as a strong woman, an enthusiastic painter with an enquiring mind and the ability to fulfil her highest aspirations. Charlene is an established International Australian Artist.  
She is ambitious, determined to succeed in the Art World, yet retaining a deep love of her extended family and always her six children and her family are uppermost in Charlene’s life.  Quick to laugh, generous of herself, a popular loving and much loved lady.
Charlene started painting at an early age – the second child of Churchill Cann and Sade Carrington, both International Artists, her earlier paintings reflected the flowing lines and meticulous method of her mother.  She was known to comment when young that she just didn’t feel “right” when trying her father’s style, but it is now very apparent that many of her paintings are leaning towards Churchill’s swirling strokes and incredible ochre blending.
Texas Downs has produced some wonderful painters, and although the subject matter of Charlene’s art is wide and varied, she admits to enjoying most of all the camping trips with her family to their home country Texas, and the paintings she completes of that land, with the Dreaming stories which her “kangayi” (grandmother) Betty Carrington, her Uncle Hector Jandany (dcsd.) and her other relatives have taught her.
Undoubtedly her art will be influenced by the artists she has learnt from and painted with, the best – Queenie McKenzie, Jack Britten who taught both Sade and then Charlene, her grandfathers Beerbee Mungnari and Uncle Hector Jandany, Rover Thomas, George Mung Mung and many of the Senior Warmun artists.  However, Charlene is taking the ochre medium into a totally new perspective, still with the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) Stories of her Kitja culture. 
• Special Commendation, East Kimberley Art Awards, WA
• Selected as the representative for the ABC’s “Loud” Youth Arts Festival
Solo Exhibitions 
• Ngarrgooroon Country , Hector Janday and Charlene Carrington, Raft Artspace, Darwin 
• Charlene Carrington Solo Show, Span Galleries, Melbourne in conjunction with Seva Frangos 
• Kintolai Gallery in conjunction with the Adelaide International Festival of Arts, Adelaide, SA 
Selected Group Exhibitions 
• Maintaining Family Tradition, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
• Kids of Warmun, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
• East Kimberley Art Awards, Kununurra
• Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
• Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
• Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin
• Bett Gallery, Hobart
• Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
• Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
• Ochre Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome
• Short on Size, Short Street Gallery, Broome
• Recent Works from Warmun, Framed Gallery, Darwin
• Thornquest Gallery, Southport
• Warmun Group Show, Bett Gallery, Hobart
• Garmerrun: All Our Country, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
• East Kimberley Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome
• Ngarrgoorroon, Yiyili and Yarrunga – Four Artists from Warmun, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
• Six Warmun Women Painting Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
• Waterhole, Raft Artspace, Sydney
• Body of Art, Raft Artspace, Darwin
• Die inneren und die äußeren Dinge.  Bamberg, Germany (in cooperation with Aboriginal Art Gallery Bähr, Speyer)
• Women’s Figurative Show Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
• The Next Generation: Balgo And Warmun Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
• 20th Telstra Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander National Art Award, Darwin
• Warmun Women, Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy
• Gija – Across The Border, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT 
• Women from Texas Downs, Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, Perth, WA 
• Warmun Art Centre Presents, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
• Back To The Board, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
• All Around Texas, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
Selected Collections 
• Artbank, Sydney 
•  Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide 
• Art Gallery of Western Australia
• Federal Court Collection, Adelaide
• District Court of Western Australia Collection
• 2003 Artwork featured on the cover of text ”Their Stories, Our History”, Melbourne, VIC

The subject of the painting is one of the designs painted by the Senior Kitja men on the Gurirr Gurirr (dancing) headboards for Rover Thomas’ corroboree. This particular headboard is titled Jimpi and Manginta at Jukulmirri. Charlene was given permission by Rover to paint this and his other designs whilst she worked at the Care Hostel in Warmun prior to Rover’s passing. During this time, she was privy to many of the techniques of the Master Painter who obviously could see the talent of the young girl.

The Gurirr Gurirr Ceremony story is based on a series of “dreams” which came to Rover Thomas early in 1975, after the devastation of Darwin by Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve in 1974. These dreams were turned into what is now a very important corroboree.

The Gurirr Gurirr production and performance involved many Gija community cultural leaders who were connected as ritual custodians and site owners. Many such as the late George Mung Mung, Hector Jandany, Jock Mosquito, Churchill Cann (Charlene’s father), Jack Britten, Timmy Timms and later Peggy Patrick contributed to the painting of the boards (which were carried on the shoulders of dancers) often with the assistance of ‘apprentices’ like Lena Nyadbi.

In the early 1980s Thomas and company toured the Gurirr Gurirr to surrounding districts, performing at a number of cultural gatherings at Guda Guda (Nine Mile) and Woorreranginy (Frog Hollow) with notable performances at the newly formed Kimberley Land Council bush meetings. The Gurirr Gurirr also toured the Northern Territory communities of Maningrida, Victoria River Downs Station and Lajamanu (Hooker Creek). This cross-communal activity encouraged cultural exchange and strengthened community links. The first performance of the Gurirr Gurirr in a non-Aboriginal community occurred in 1983 at the Aboriginal Arts Festival in Perth at what is now Curtin University. It was again performed in 1998 as a tribute to Rover Thomas after he passed away, at the opening of NATSIAA (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards) in Darwin and at Hector Jandany’s funeral in October 2006 at Warmun as a tribute to Jandany’s role in the Warmun art movement.

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