Artist Selma Nunay Coulthard
Title Early Days in Urrampinyi, Tempe Downs
Year 2022

Watercolour on paper, framed

Dimensions 35 × 50 cm
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Selma Nunay Coulthard

My name is Selma Coulthard. My Aboriginal name is Nunay. I am a Pertama Maduthara Luritja Tribe from Urrampinyi (Tempe Downs Station) which is located South West of Alice Springs in Central Australia. I was born in Alice Springs in 1954 and grew up at Tempe Downs until the Government started to remove half-caste kids from their families and put them in mission boarding homes. I was taken to Hermannsburg (Ntaria) where I did my schooling. It is here that my love for art started when I saw the Namatjira brothers doing their painting in Ntaria and around tourism camps such as Glen Helen and Palm Valley. I have always wanted to be an artist and I just hope that my work will be recognised. No work is the same – each piece is unique in its own right.

Artist statement

In the early days there were no taps to turn on to get water. When it rained and the soakage filled it was a time of celebration. Water is precious, water is life.