Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

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About the Artist

Gabriella was born in 1967 at Mt Allan, Northern Territory.  She is the eldest daughter of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, one of the most famous of our Australian Artists (deceased 2002).  She began painting at an early age, under the tuition of her famous father and often collaborated with him, producing important works.

The content of Gabriella's paintings is the Dreaming stories handed down to her from her paternal grandmother, Long Rose Nungala and the other senior women who taught her in her formative years - these include Grandmother's Dreaming, Seven Sisters Dreaming (Milky Way), Goanna, Bush Tucker and Serpent Dreamings of her Anmatyerre  heritage. 

She was the youngest artist to be awarded the prestigious Alice Springs Art Prize whilst still studying at Yirara College at age 16.  Her natural talent and knowledge of the women's dreaming stories was enhanced technically by her association with the grass roots painters of Papunya Tula - her father's brother Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Long Jack Phillipus, Johnny Warrankgula Tjupurula, and many others.

Gabriella resides in Melbourne with her family and travels extensively in her profession, as did her late father.  Her Prizes, Collections and Exhibitions both within Australia and Internationally reflect the high standing in which the artist is held and the undeniable investment potential of her very beautiful artworks.  

Selected Exhibitions

1987
- Brisbane – in conjunction with her father Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

1988
- Aboriginal Dot Painting, Melbourne

1992
- Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
- Washington DC, U.S.A.

1993
- Berne, Switzerland
- London, U.K.

1998
- Art of the Aborigines, Warsaw, Poland

1999
- Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
- Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne

2000
- United Nations Building, New York

2001
- Mia Mia Gallery, Melbourne

2002
- Canterbury Art Exhibition, Melbourne

Selected Collections
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
- Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
- Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
- Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
- Richard Kelton Foundation Collection, Santa Monica, USA
- Galeria R. Poznan, Poland
- Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
- Winterthur Collection, Switzerland

Awards

1991
- Professional Development Grant, from the Aboriginal Arts Unit of the Australia Council for the Arts

1993
- Alice Springs Art Prize, Record Cover for “Coloured Stone”

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