Possum Nungarrayi 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.
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 came to 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.