Alcaston Gallery presents this new series of paintings by celebrated contemporary Australian First Nations artist Nellie Ngampa Coulthard in her fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.
“After the rain and before the summer starts, the landscape here changes colour with lots of wattle blossoms. My favourites trees are Tjuntala (Acacia Murrayana) with its beautiful yellow flowers”, says the artist.
Boasting her signature palette of yellow, orange, red, pink and creamy whites synonymous with her practice, Coulthard paints her beloved Yankunytjatjara Country near Oodnadatta, South Australia. Her paintings convey a deep sentimentality, recalling memories of her childhood surrounded by the beautiful and diverse flora of the central and eastern deserts including the evocative Acacia Murrayana Wattle, which has become Coulthard’s signature motif, with its extended branches at the heart of her compositions.
Coulthard’s distinctive and precise practice has quickly garnered wide admiration and institutional recognition; in 2023, she has been recognized as a finalist in two prestigious national prizes, the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, the highest value professional artist prize for women in Australia, and the Hadley’s Art Prize, presented by the Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania. Coulthard is also currently exhibiting in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s major touring exhibition, Tarnanthi on Tour: Kungka Kuṉpu.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 30 August, 4.30 – 6.30pm.
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