Colleen Wallace Nungarrayi
My country is called Arnumarra, that is my grandfather’s country... Colleen is well known for her Dreamtime Sisters, dancing Awelye (women's ceremony), protecting country...
Region: Eastern Desert
Place of Birth: Santa Teresa
Significant Country: Arnumarra
Language: Eastern Arrernte
Community: Santa Teresa, NT
Living in Utopia with her husband Colin Bird (who is the son of renowned artist Ada Petyarre) and children, Colleen Wallace is renown for her series of Dreamtime Sisters works, a style which are associated with the Keringke artists of Santa Teresa and made famous by her aunt Kathleen Wallace, who passed permission to paint this style to Colleen.
Born in Santa Teresa, Colleen's country is called Arnumarra, which is her grandfather's country, who is Kenny Tilmouth Panangka and who gave her the rights to paint the Yam Dreaming. The Yam Dreaming story links through to the country of Ada Bird Petyarre from Mulga Bore, Utopia.
She also painted stories belonging to her father's country near Gem Tree, north east of Alice Springs.
The painting series of Dreamtime Sisters are based on good spirits that the Eastern Arrernte call 'Irrernte-arenye'. These spirits who are said to be the first people on earth during the creation time, dance the Awelye (women's ceremony) as they look after and protect Arnumarra (country) and guard the sacred sites.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs, NT, Australia
Rodney Gooch Collection, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, South Australia
1996 Aboriginal Art Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
1996 Cooinda Gallery, Coffs Harbour, QLD, Australia
1999 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T. Australia.
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland; Urban Wine Works, Portland; Mary's Woods, Portland
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland,
2003 Oct - Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank in conjunction with Mbantua Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA
2003 Oct - Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland, USA
2004 May - ‘Awelye’, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2004 Aug-Sep - Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville,
Hartford, Greenwich, New York and Philadelphia
2005 May-June - ‘Small Wonders’ (A collection of 1’x1’ and 1’x1½’ paintings), Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT, Australia
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, Australia
2008 June - Dreamings – the Land, Outback Aboriginal Art, Caulfield, VIC, Australia
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