Circle Grey
Nellie Ngampa Coulthard

Nellie Ngampa Coulthard

Nellie Nganpa Coulthard's distinctive paintings depict the Acacia Murayama Wattle, a native tree found in the central deserts of South Australia. Coulthard was born near Oodnadatta where her father worked as a shepherd at the remote Wintinna Homestead Station. Coulthard spent her childhood supporting her father to herd sheep out bush where she was surrounded by the beautiful and diverse flora and fauna of the central and eastern deserts. Of all the native gums and flowers, her favourite is the yellow Acacia Murrayana Wattle which has become a signature motif of her practice today.

Coulthard moved with her family to the newly formed community of Indulkana in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands of South Australia where she became one of the first schoolteachers, running lessons for Anangu children from a large wiltja (hand-built shelter) on the banks of the Iwantja Creek, before commencing her artistic practice in the early 1990’s.

Coulthard’s practice has received high praise, recognised as a finalist at the Wynne Prize three times, in 2018, 2019 and 2022, and at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2020. Coulthard also exhibited as part of the 2020 exhibition, Tarnanthi on Tour: Kulata Tjuta at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes in France.

In 2021 Coulthard presented her first solo exhibition at Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne, Nganana Mukurikula Paintamilani – We Love to Paint!.

Coulthard’s works are held in public and private collections including the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

© The Artist, Iwantja Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2022


For an extended CV, please contact Alcaston Gallery at