Colleen Wallace Nungari's work is a combination of finely detailed dots softly embracing spirit figures painted with sleek precision. We are big fans of her work (which you may be interested to know has been featured in many exhibitions within Australia and the US) and are writing this article because people are always admiring her work and asking us for more information about her paintings.
Colleen Wallace Nungari lives at Utopia with her husband and children and is often found painting Dreamtime Sisters, the style of which is wildly different to that of her Utopia counterparts. It is associated with the Keringke artists of Santa Teresa, where Colleen is originally from, but contains specific attributes of one artist in particular; a renowned artist named Kathleen Wallace.
Kathleen is Colleen Wallace's aunt and passed permission to paint this style onto Colleen over a decade ago. Colleen, who is a self-taught artist, previously had painted stories belonging to her father's country further north for many years.
Colleen tells us the Dreamtime Sisters are good spirits who dance the awelye (women’s ceremony), look after their country and guide their people. She says these sisters were once living people; her ancestors and that there are many different types of ancestral spirit figures, some which can be a little cheeky, with every country having their own spirits who guard the land and people.
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