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Nellie Ngampa Coulthard

Nellie Ngampa Coulthard

Nelllie Nganpa Coulthard was born in the far eastern desert near Oodnadatta. Her father worked as a shepherd at the remote Wintinna Homestead Station. Coulthard spent her childhood supporting her father to herd sheep alongside her mother and siblings, the family would spend weeks in the bush caring for the sheep. They would muster them for shearing and bundle the wool in exchange for rations. Coulthard spent all of her days out bush, surrounded by the beautiful and diverse plant life of the central desert. Of all the native gums and flowers, her favourite is the yellow Acacia Murrayana Wattle which she relishly depicts in her paintings.

When she moved with her family to the newly formed community of Indulkana, Nellie became one of the first school teachers, running lessons for Anangu children from a large wiltja (hand-built shelter) on the banks of the Iwantja Creek, before turning to painting in the early 1990’s.

Coulthard’s works are held in many private collections, her work has been exhibited in the 2015 and 2017 TARNANTHI exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia, and in 2018 she was shortlisted for the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

In 2020, Coulthard's work were featured in the exhibition TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Brittany, France. 

In 2021 Coulthard presented new work at Alcaston Gallery in the exhibition Nganana Mukurikula Paintamilani - We Love To Paint.

© The Artist, Iwantja Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2021

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