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Charlene Carrington / Redbutte (1A)

100cm x 100cm  Ochre & Garliwan (tree resin) on Canvas

SKU: 17867

$3,200.00

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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.

 

Selected Collections 
• Artbank, Sydney 
•  Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide 
• Art Gallery of Western Australia
• Federal Court Collection, Adelaide
• District Court of Western Australia Collection
 
Awards
1999
• Special Commendation, East Kimberley Art Awards, WA
 
2002
• Selected as the representative for the ABC’s “Loud” Youth Arts Festival
 
Solo Exhibitions 
2006
• Ngarrgooroon Country , Hector Janday and Charlene Carrington, Raft Artspace, Darwin 
 
2004
• Charlene Carrington Solo Show, Span Galleries, Melbourne in conjunction with Seva Frangos 
 
2002
• Kintolai Gallery in conjunction with the Adelaide International Festival of Arts, Adelaide, SA 
 
Selected Group Exhibitions 

2019
• Desert River Sea – Portraits of the Kimberley, Art Gallery of Western Australia
• Gija Artists | Celebrating Warmun At 21, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra, ACT

2018
• Warmun At Twenty, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra, ACT

2015
• Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning – Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2014
• Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning – RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
• Warmun Aboriginal Art – Art Images Gallery, Adelaide, SA
• Transitions – Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2010
• Etched in the Sun, Prints by Indigenous Australians, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA

2009
• Etched in the Sun, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
• Ochre, A Study in Materiality, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

2008
• Etched in the Sun, Prints by Indigenous Australians in collaboration with Basil Hall and Printers 1997 – 2007, Drill Hall Gallery, ANU, Canberra, ACT
• Traces of Country: Indigenous Fine Art Prints, Gecko Gallery, WA

2007
• Back To The Board, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
• All Around Texas, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle

2006
• Women from Texas Downs, Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, Perth, WA
• Warmun Art Centre Presents, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2005
• 20th Telstra Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander National Art Award, Darwin
• Warmun Women, Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy
• Gija – Across The Border, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2004
• 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

2003
• 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

2002
• 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

2001
• Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
• Ochre Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome
• Short on Size, Short Street Gallery, Broome

2000
• Bett Gallery, Hobart
• Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

1999
• East Kimberley Art Awards, Kununurra
• Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
• Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
• Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin

1995
• Kids of Warmun, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide

1994
• Maintaining Family Tradition, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide

Bibliographies 
• 2003 Artwork featured on the cover of text ”Their Stories, Our History”, Melbourne, VIC
 

This is all Ngarrgooroon Country (Texas Downs). Redbutte is a high mountain range to the north east. It can be seen from a long way away. The mountains pick up many of the colours from the sun at different times of the day. To the south of Red Butte is Joel Springs and further south is Buffalo Hole country where my Aunty Nancy was born in the bush. (Charlene’s father is the late Churchill Cann and his full sister is Nancy Nodea, both International Artists). This place all around Red Butte has many stories from the Ngarrangkarni (Dreamtime). My father knew them all and passed them down to us. This part of Texas is very beautiful and important to our family – Dad and Aunty (Nancy) are the Traditional Owners of this part.

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