Gabriella Possum Nungarrayi is the eldest daughter of Clifford
Possum Tjapaltjarri, arguably the best known Australian Aboriginal
painter of our time. His influence on her work has been profound
as he served as both teacher and role model. She was born
at Mt. Allen in 1967. She won her first award in Alice Springs
while still a college student.
work has been exhibited in Washington, DC, London, England,
Berne, Switzerland, and the United Nations Headquarters in
New York City. She is represented in collections ranging from
the Holmes a Court collection and the Flinders University
Museum to the Kelton Foundation Collection in Santa Monica,
CA, and the Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia in Melbourne.
first came to our attention in 1990 when we met her outside
a gallery in Sydney. She visited our hotel room a day later.
With child in tow and pregnant like a melon, she unrolled
her canvasses. We were immediately struck by the quality of
her work and became instant fans. We purchased all that she
had with her.
have since sought out her work wherever we have shopped for
Australian Aboriginal art. On our recent trip to Australia,
we were able to acquire five new paintings. It is interesting
to see the evolution of her work from very disciplined traditional
designs to more adventurous splashes of vibrant color - still
representing the Dreamings of her people. The paintings are
displayed in this special section of our Web gallery.
colors are approximate due to the differences in Web browsers.
We hope you enjoy them.