Tommy Carroll | Artist Profile

Details of Tommy Carroll

About

Ngarrangarni/Totem: Fork Tailed kite, Rasp tailed goanna, bream

Tommy Carroll was born on Doon Doon Station, 100 kilometres north of Warmun Community. As a young boy he worked as a stockman at Doon Doon and throughout his youth he also worked on Bow River and Lissadell Stations. He also used to assist the Outstation Manager at Warmun Community. Carroll commenced painting in late 1999, inspired to do so by his wife Katie Cox, another emerging Warmun artist.

He says that painting makes him think about his country and the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) stories and about the places he used to visit as a child and when he was working as a stockman. Tommy Carroll's works are often dark and brooding. He uses heavy concentrations of black charcoal and red natural ochres. The majority of Carroll's painting derive from stories near or around Doon Doon Station, and primarily stories associated with the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming).

MEDIUM

Natural ochre on canvas

THEMES

Traditional Dreaming stories from around Doon Doon Station.
The Dreaming Snake - Nganjoowarr
Landmarks and formations surrounding Doon Doon
Stories told to Carroll by his grandfather

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2003 Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2002 Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 Warmun Aboriginal Art - Art Images Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2012 Warrmarn - Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
2012 Earth: Ochre Painting from Warmun - Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2011 Warmun 2011, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
2010 Kimberley Aboriginal Artists, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin, NT
2010 'Warmun - Our Earth Our Story', Art Images Gallery, Norwood SA
2009 'Wanarran Gelengen: Old Times New Times, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2009 'Warmun Ochres: Rich Earth, " Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
2009 'Ochre: A Study in Materiality", Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2008 'Mungowum Ngarraknaari Yaarun (Strong Stories, Strong Culture), Short St. Gallery, Broome, WA
2008 'A Capital Idea: 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
2007 Warmun Artists in New York, Ralph Pucci Gallery, Soho, New York, USA
2005 Waterhole Country, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2005 New Work from Warmun, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
2005 GrantPirrie in association with Raft Artspace, Waterhole Show 11, Sydney, NSW
2005 Short Steet Gallery, Waterhole Country, Broome, WA
2004 Alcaston Gallery, Thenext Generation, Balgo and Warmun, Melbourne, VIC
2003 Framed Gallery, "Recent works by Warmun artists'', Darwin, NT
2002 Flinders University Art Museum- Warmun Group Show, Adelaide, SA
2002 Span Gallery- "Colleen Carter, Tommy Carroll and Katie Cox"- Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC
2002 Span Gallery - "Collectors Show- in association with Seva Frangos", Flinders St, Melbourne VIC
2000 Ben Grady Gallery, Canberra, ACT

COLLECTIONS

Artbank Australia
Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Parliament Collection, Canberra, ACT
Private Collections - Australia and Switzerland
Broadmeadows Health Service Collection- Victoria

Artworks of Tommy Carroll