Betty Carrington | Artist Profile

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Ngarrangarni / Totem: Barramundi, Galah, Kite

Betty Carrington was born on Texas Downs, but grew up with her family at the old Turkey Creek Post Office and Police Station (now the Warmun Art Centre). Carrington's father was a police tracker and her family lived there until the police station closed when they moved back to Texas Downs. Carrington worked on Texas as a housekeeper, and remembers the long hours of hard work. She worked at everything from chopping wood, clearing rocks from roads, cooking and scrubbing floors, to going out bush for bullock.

Carrington has travelled extensively throughout Australia representing Kimberley and Gija people in dance and cultural festivals in cities including Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. She started painting in 1998 when Warmun Art Centre was established by the leading members of the Warmun Community.

Carrington uses a large range of subtle ochre colours, her delicate palette and style often describing strong and painful stories of historical events in the East Kimberley. One recurring visual reference in Carrington's paintings is the rolling hills of her father's country, Darrajayin (Springvale Station). Carrington also paints landscapes from her mother's country, Texas Downs Station, as well as Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) places. Carrington uses painting as a medium to relate accounts of historical events post-white settlement, such as the Mistake Creek massacre and the Warmun gymkhana where Aboriginal people working on Texas Downs station were first introduced to alcohol.

Carrington and her partner Patrick Mung Mung are constant figures at the Warmun Art Centre. They take on the role of teaching - by example - the younger members of their extended family. The couple actively passes on Ngarrankarni (Dreaming) stories and techniques to master the medium of natural ochres.

MEDIUM
Natural ochre and pigments on canvas.
Etchings

THEMES
Ngarrggorroon, Texas Downs Station country
Historical stories occuring during the early white settlement of the East Kimberley
Waterholes and hilly terrain in Darrajayin (Springvale Station country)
Corroboree (Junba) stories for women's ceremony
Early stories of the Warmun Community

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009 Betty Carrington & Roberta Daylight: Grandmother/Grandaughter, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne VIC.
2007 Betty Carrington & Patrick Mung Mung, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
2004 Betty Carrington, Allison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2002 Betty Carrington, Allison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Spiritual essence of the Earth with Warmun artists - Aboriginal Signature Estrangin gallery • Brussels
2016 Gija Contemporary Art from Warmun, Aboriginal and Pacfic Art, Sydney, NSW
2014 Warmun: Gija Contemporary Art of Western Australia, Harvey Art Projects, USA
2014 Warmun Aboriginal Art, Art Images Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2012 Patrick and Betty, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2010 Warmun - Our Earth Our Story', Art Images Gallery, Norwood. SA
2010 Framed Gallery, Darwin NT
2009 Warnarran Gelengen: Old times new times', Hogarth Galleries, Sydney. NSW
2009 Sharing Difference on common ground: Mangkaja, Mowanjum, Warringarri, Warmun" , HOlmes a Court Gallery, Port Hedland, WA
2009 Warmun Ochres: Rich Earth' , Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
2009 Hedland Art Awards, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, WA
2008 Star crossed lovers of the Kimberleys' , Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2008 The women of Warmun: ten yrs on ' Gadfly Gallery, Perth ,WA
2008 Warmun at Ten, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT
2008 Ten Years of Warmun Ochres, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2008 Red Centre, Red Dot, Celebrating Indigenous Australia, Australian High Commission, Singapore
2008 East of East Kimberley: Warmun in Asia, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2008 The woman of Warmun: Ten years on, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
2008 Mungowum Ngarraknaari Yaarun (Strong Stories, Strong Culture) Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2007 Warda-Wurrarrem (all kinds of stars), Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
2007 Greetings from Turkey Creek, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2007 Ochre, Brushes, Canvas: new work from Warmun, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2007 Warmun Snapshot, Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT
2007 Betty Carrington & Patrick Mung Mung, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
2006 Warmun Art Centre Presents, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2006 Bungle Bungles, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2006 Warmun Arts, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2005 Gija: Across The Border, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
2005 Waterhole Country, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2005 Affordable Art Show, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2005 Warnum Group Show, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
2005 New Work From Warmun, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
2004 Ochres Group Show, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
2004 Women's Figurative Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2004 Tibet Meets Warmun, Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle, WA
2004 Die inneren und die aubern Dinge, Stadtgalerie Bamberg, Germany
2004 Warmun Group Show, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2003 Artist-In-Residence Exhibition, Coomalie Culture Centre, Bachelor Institute, NT
2003 East Kimberley Exhibition, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2003 True Stories: Art of the East Kimberley, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
2003 Warmun Group Show, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
2003 Big Country: Works from the Flinders Univerity Art Museum Collection, Adelaide, SA
2002 Boundless, a collaboration with Art Gallery of WA and Country Arts WA
2002 Garmerrum: All Our Country, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
2002 Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD
2002 Recent Work From the Warmun Community, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
2002 Women of the East Kimberley, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
2002 Warmun Ochre Paintings, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tas
2002 Kult(o)urnacht, Aboriginal Art Galerie Baehr, Speyer, Germany
2001 Grand Opening, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD
2001 New Paintings From The Warmun Art Centre, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2001 Ochres Show, Short st. Gallery, Broome, WA
2001 Short On Size, Short st. Gallery, Broome, WA
2001 Erzahlungen Uber Die Dinge Des Lebens: Kunst aus Australien (Recounting the Essence of Life: Art from Australia), Kunstforum HDZ, Bad Oeynhausen.
2001 Peter Baillie Acquisative Art Exhibition, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
2001 Past Modern, Short st. Gallery, Sydney Show, NSW
2001 Das Verborgene im Sichtbaren, Staedtische Galerie, Wolfsburg, Germany
2000 Ben Grady Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2000 Kunst des Aboriginees, Galerie Baehr, Dromagen, Germany
2000 Anthropological Museum, Freiburg, Germany
2000 Bett Gallery, Hobart, TAS
2000 Melbourne Art Fair (in conjunction with Bett Gallery and Chrysalis Publishing), Melbourne
2000 Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, Sydney, NSW
2000 Kunst der Aborigines, Galerie Baehr, Leverkusen, Germany
1999 Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
1999 Short st. Gallery, Broome, WA
1999 Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, Sydney, NSW
1999 Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, Perth, WA
1999 East Kimberley Art Award, Kununurra, WA
1999 Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin, NT
1999 Aboriginal Art, IHK Wuerzburg, Germany

Awards
2002 Artist in Residency- 2 week program at Coomalie Cultural Centre, Bachelor, NT
1999 Heytesbury Award- East Kimberley Art Award

Bibliographies
1999 Ngalangangpum Jarrakpu Purrurn: Mother and Child, Margaret Stewart, Magabal Books, Broome, WA


Artworks of Betty Carrington