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Charlene Carrington / Ngarrgaroon (Texas) Country (18860)
90cm x 120cm Ochre on CanvasView more from artist
90cm x 120cm Ochre on Canvas
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Charlene is definitely one of the most talented, exciting third generation Indigenous 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 and enthusiastic artist with an enquiring mind and the ability to fulfil her highest aspirations.
Charlene started painting at an early age – the second child of the late 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 artists, 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 of “Texas”, and the paintings she completes of that land, with the Dreaming stories which her “kangayi” (grandmother) Betty Carrington, her Uncle, the late Hector Jandany and her other relatives have taught her.
Undoubtedly her art has been influenced by the artists she has learnt from and painted with – Queenie McKenzie, Jack Britten who taught both Sade and then Charlene, her grandfather’s Beerbee Mungnari and Uncle Hector Jandany, Rover Thomas, George Mung Mung, her parents and many of the Senior Warmun artists. However, Charlene is taking the ochre medium into a new perspective, still with the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) Stories of her Gija culture.
• Artbank, Sydney
• Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
• Art Gallery of Western Australia
• Federal Court Collection, Adelaide
• District Court of Western Australia Collection
• Finalist, Archibald Prize, “My Dad, Churchill Cann”
• Selected as the representative for the ABC’s “Loud” Youth Arts Festival
• Special Commendation, East Kimberley Art Awards
• TEXAS, Charlene Carrington & Hector Janday, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs
• 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
• Desert River Sea – Portraits of the Kimberley, Art Gallery of Western Australia
• Gija Artists | Celebrating Warmun At 21, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra, ACT
• Warmun At Twenty, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra, ACT
• Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning – Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
• Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning – RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
• Warmun Aboriginal Art – Art Images Gallery, Adelaide, SA
• Transitions – Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
• Etched in the Sun, Prints by Indigenous Australians, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
• Etched in the Sun, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
• Ochre, A Study in Materiality, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
• Etched in the Sun, Prints by Indigenous Australians in collab with Basil Hall and Printers 1997 – 2007, Drill Hall Gallery, ANU, Canberra, ACT
• Traces of Country: Indigenous Fine Art Prints, Gecko Gallery, WA
• Back To The Board, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
• All Around Texas, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
• Women from Texas Downs, Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, Perth, WA
• Warmun Art Centre Presents, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
• 20th Telstra Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander National Art Award, Darwin
• Warmun Women, Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy
• Gija – Across The Border, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
• Ochre Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome
• Short on Size, Short Street Gallery, Broome
• Bett Gallery, Hobart
• Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
• East Kimberley Art Awards, Kununurra
• Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
• Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
• Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin
• Kids of Warmun, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
• Maintaining Family Tradition, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
Ngarrgarroon is the Gija name for Texas Downs. This is my family’s country. The part I have painted is to the north and centre of the Station. I have shown Red Butte Country, Joel Springs, Wagon Creek and the tracks leading to the old Homestead. Painted after the wet with the small tributaries of the big Ord River still with some water in them, this is a very beautiful part of Texas. To the south of Red Butte is Buffalo Hole, where my aunty was born in the bush (International Artist Nancy Nodea and full sister to Charlene’s father, Churchill Cann). In that part, Dad told me that an old woman from Mabel Downs became lost, a long time ago. She eventually went Wungaloo (mad) and lived in a cave near Red Butte. The old people say her spirit is still there and no-one goes near that cave. Her name was Gudburrayia. Dad had lots of stories for Texas.
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