Colleen Wallace Nungarrayi
BORN: Santa Teresa, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Eastern Arrernte
COMMUNITY: Utopia, NT
Colleen Wallace Nungarryi was born April 24th 1974, in Alice Springs; she was raised by Kathleen Wallace spending time both in Alice Springs and Santa Teresa Community, south east of Alice Springs. Her fathers’ country is Annamurra near Harts Range, north east of Alice Springs and her mother’s country is Arrulka near Coniston, west of Alice Springs. She is married to Colin Bird, from the Mulga Bore Outstation in the Utopia Region, and has 5 children; 4 boys and 1 girl. Colleen lives between Alice Springs and Mulga Bore, as Collins’ family still reside at the outstation and their children attend the Mulga Bore School.
Colleen began painting in 1990 under the tutelage of her aunties Gabriella and Kathleen Wallace. Her paintings relate to the Pencil Yam Story – Arlatyeye. She also paints awelye – women’s ceremony and Dreamtime Sisters who dance the stories surrounding the Pencil Yam Dreaming.
Colleen’s paintings can be found in many private collections both in Australia and overseas. Her work has been represented in many group exhibitions.