of the Australian Aboriginal desert peoples
are often called sand paintings.
This reference stems from
their genesis in paintings on the ground that are
created by clans
as they move from place to place in the desert. The
gathers around a central site, which is cleared so that"paintings"
can be created using seeds, flowers, sand,
stones, feathers, and other
natural substances. The
clan elders sing their way through the painting
imparting tribal knowledge to younger members of the
The various symbols are explained and interpreted
as lessons in the
clan's history and heritage, its creation
story, and the location of
sacred sites, food sources,
and water holes.
designs are painted on art board and
canvas for sale to the outside
world. While the precise
meanings of the designs are usually not revealed
they have deep cultural significance to clan members.
only senior males who 'graduate' to high rank
in the clan learn the full meaning
of the designs.
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Christine Peterson Nangala
W688 Walpiri 36"x30"
KA29 Worimi 22"x23"
K168 Pitjantjatjara 34"
KA28 Worimi 24"x35"
KC13 - 14" x 21"
K007-13.25" x 17"
KB86 -23" x 23"
KB45 -24" x 38"
KB48 -42" x 24.5"
KB46 -24" x 36"
KC89 - 48" x 28"
Sonder Turner Nampitjinpa
KC90 - 43" x 49"
Lucy Yukenbarri Napanangka
KC36 - 48" x 18"
Nancy Campbell Napanangkpa
KC37 -36" x 24"
KC42 -30" x 40"
Gabriella is the eldest daughter of Clifford Possum
Tjapaltjarri (deceased), 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. Gabriella's
work has been exhibited in Washington, DC, (1992) London, (1993)Berne, Switzerland,
(1993) and the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 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 most recent trip to Australia,
we were able
to acquire five new Gabriella Possum 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 below
W695 Bush Tucker Dreaming
KB05 Sugar Bag Dreaming
KA24 Bush Tucker Dreaming
KA25 Bush Tucker Dreaming
KC03 Soakage Dreaming
KC02 Women's Body Painting
KB04 Bush Wheat Dreaming
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