We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.


My dad, Churchill Cann



Charlene Carrington


1979 –

Language group: Gija, Kimberley region

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    natural pigments and fixative on linen
    70.0 x 70.0 x 3.0 cm
    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2020
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Charlene Carrington/Copyright Agency

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    Archibald Prize
    - 2020
    Artist information
    Charlene Carrington

    Works in the collection


  • About

    A first time Archibald finalist, Charlene submitted the following regarding her entry:

    “Charlene Carrington’s subject is her dad, Churchill Cann. ‘Dad was a stockman working on Texas Country on the Queensland/NSW border, where he was born. He started painting when he moved to Warmun, painting with Gija elders Rover Thomas [Wangkajunga], Queenie McKenzie, and George Mung Mung. They taught me how to paint and taught me stories of this Country. I always listened, and always paint the stories,’ she says.

    ‘In the painting, that brown hill, his hat, is Red Butte. That’s a good fishing place and where the old people used to hang out. That yellow part of his hat is the sandy ground around Red Butte, the buttons are the Texas rock holes. When we were young we used to walk up there and go swimming. It’s real clear, like a big pool. The moon on his neck is the necklace I gave him that he always wore.
    ‘I used to draw in school and learned how to draw faces, but it’s pretty hard with ochre. I think this will be the last portrait I do, I wanted to paint one of Dad.’

    This work was a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2020 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2020.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

Other works by Charlene Carrington