Charlene Carrington | Artist Profile

Details of Charlene Carrington


Charlene was born in Perth but has lived most of her life in Warmun Community. At high school, she was inspired to start painting by Hector Jandany, her grandfather, and Queenie McKenzie who came to Warmun School to teach the children Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) stories and traditional painting methods.

Charlene comes from a family of artists: her parents are established artists Churchill Cann and Sadie Carrington and her grandfathers are Hector Jandany and Beerbee Mungnari. who are also established Warmun artists. Her grandmother, Betty Carrington, is an established artist and the partner of renowned Warmun painter Patrick Mung Mung.

When she was young Charlene sat with the old people, in particualr Hector Jandany and Jack Britten, watching them paint and learning the traditional methods. She is the only person in the Warmun Art School who has used natural binders, garliwan, and other natural pigments such as crushed leaf extracts collected from local eucalypts to bind the ochres to canvas and board. This is the method used by Rover Thomas, Jack Britten and Hector Jandany, before acrylic binders were made available. She also used the acrylic binders. Carrington combines caring for her six young children and teaching them traditional bush ways with her career as an emerging artist in high demand.

natural ochre on canvas

Waterholes, springs and hill country of Texas Downs Station Country
Stories surrounding the early days at Warmun
Stories passed on from Charlene's gangai (Grandmother), Betty Carrington
Significant geological features in Texas Downs Station

2006 Hector Jandany & Charlene Carrington, RAFT Artspace, Darwin, NT
2004 Charlene Carrington, Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
2002 Kintolai Gallery, Adelaide, SA


2015 Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2014 Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning - RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2014 Warmun Aboriginal Art - Art Images Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2014 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
2009 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.
2008 Traces of Country: Indigenous Fine Art Prints, Gecko Gallery. WA
2006 Hector Janday & Charlene Carrington, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
2006 Warmun Art Centre Presents, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005 Gija: Across The Border, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
2005 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
2005 Warmun Women's Show, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2004 Women's Figurative Show, Short St. Gallery, Broome, WA
2004 The Next Generation: Balgo & Warmun, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2004 Warmun Group Show, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2004 Die Inneren Und Die Ausseren Dinge, Stadtgalerie Bamberg, Germany
2004 Body of Art, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
2003 Ochre Works By Six Warmun Artists, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
2003 Ngarrgoorroon, Yiyili, and Yarrunga: Four Artists From Warmun, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2003 East Kimberley Show, Short St. Gallery, Broome, WA
2003 Waterhole, Grant Pirrie, Sydney, NSW
2002 Recent Works From The Warmun Community, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
2002 Warmun Group Show, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tas
2002 Garmerrum Allour Country, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
2002 Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD
2001 Past Modern, Australia Square, Sydney, NSW
2001 Painting Country, Joint Exhibition between warmun and Papunya Tula Artists, Chapel off Chapel, South Melbourne, VIC
2001 Ochre, Short st Gallery, Broome, WA
2001 New Paintings from Warmun Art Centre, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2000 Short on Size, Short st. Gallery, Broome, WA
2000 Bett Gallery, Hobart, TAS
1999 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
1999 Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin, NT
1999 East Kimberley Art Awards, Kununurra, WA
1999 Hale School Annual Art Exhibition, Perth, WA
1999 Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, Sydney, NSW
1995 Kids of Warmun", Tandanya, SA.
1994 Maintaining Family Tradition, International Year of the Family Conference, Adelaide
Festival Centre, S.A.

Flinders University Art Museum
Warmun Art Centre Collection

2002 Selected as the representative for the ABC's "Loud" Youth Arts
1999 Special Commendation, East Kimberley Art Award

2003 Artwork featured on the cover of "Their stories, our history", Melbourne, Vic

Artworks of Charlene Carrington