Aboriginal Artist Charlene Carrington


Charlene Carrington is definitely a really talented, exciting 40 year old artist in Australia. Born in Perth in 1977, she grew up at Warmun Community, Turkey Creek, Western Australia. She has proven herself as a strong woman, a keen painter that likes to learn new things and she also has the ability to realize her highest aspirations. Charlene is an established International Australian Artist.

She makes a great effort to do well and Charlene ambitious to succeed in the Art World, yet has a deep love of her extended family and always her six children and her family are most important 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 careful 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 evident 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 grandfather’s 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 her other relatives have taught her.
 By Denver Dixon

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