AVAILABLE WORKS

BETTY CARRINGTON

WARMUN ART CENTER

Born: 01/07/1944
Language: Gija, Kriol
Skin: Naminyji
Birth Place: Ngarrgooroon - Texas Downs Station
Ngarrangarni / Totem: Barramundi, Galah, Kite
Region: The Kimberley

 

BIOGRAPHY

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 Center). 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 traveled 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 Center was established by the leading members of the Warmun Community. Carrington uses a large range of subtle ocher colors, 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 Ngarranggarni (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 Center. They take on the role of teaching - by example - the younger members of their extended family. The couple actively passes on Ngarrangarni (Dreaming) stories and techniques to master the medium of natural ochers.

THEMES

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

COLLECTIONS

ArtBank
Bachelor Institute Collection, NT
Broadmeadows Public Hospital Collection, Melbourne, VIC
Flinders University Art Museum, SA
Harland Collection, NSW
Kaplan Collection, USA
Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, WA
Laverty Collection, Sydney, NSW
Museum & Art Gallery of The Northern Territory, NT
National Australia Bank

BIBLIOGRAPHY

1999 'Ngalangangpum Jarrakpu Purrurn: Mother and Child', Margaret Stewart, Magabala Books, Broome, WA