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Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi / Seven Sisters (Milky Way) Dreaming (18361)

SKU: 18361

92cm x 150cm Acrylic on Canvas

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Artist Profile

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 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 & Recognitions

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”

2016
– Vivid Projection Programme, Opera House, Sydney

2014
– Art Tram, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne

2008
– Chelsea Flower Show, London – Gold Medal

Selected Exhibitions

2021
– The Seven Sisters and the Night Sky, Art Mob, Hobart

2020
– Family Business – The Art of the Possum Family, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
– The Continuing Legacy of Clifford Possum: Clifford, Gabriella, Michelle, Coo-ee Art Gallery, Sydney

2019
– Beyond Time, Australian Aboriginal Art, Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston
– Of Earth and Fire, Exhibition of Maroondah City Council Art Collection, Maroondah, VIC
– Seven Sisters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
– International Women’s Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
– Landscape Colours, Japingka Aboriginal Art, Fremantle
– 20/20 Vision: 20 Years 20 Women, Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney

2018
– Beyond the Veil, Olsen Gruin, New York

2017
– Talking about Country | Possum Sisters, Japingka Aboriginal Art, Fremantle

2015
– Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi & Michelle Possum Nungurrayi, Japingka Aboriginal Art, Fremantle

2012
– Heirs and Successors, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle

2011
– Gabriella and Michelle Possum, Aranda Aboriginal Art, Melbourne

2009
– Generations, Aranda Aboriginal Art, Melbourne
– Starry Starry Nights, Framed Gallery, Darwin
– Best of Gabriella Possum, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2008
– Art Aborigene Australien, Paris, France

2007
– Shanghai Art Fair, China
– London Art Fair, UK

2006
– Shanghai Art Fair, China
– ‘Dreaming Their Way’, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA

2002
– Canterbury Art Exhibition, Melbourne

2001
– Mia Mia Gallery, Melbourne

2000
– United Nations Building, New York

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

1998
– Art of the Aborigines, Warsaw, Poland

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

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

1988
– Aboriginal Dot Painting, Melbourne

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

Artwork Description

In the Dreamtime a group of seven Napaltjarri women were being pursued by a Jakamarra man called Jilbi. He had been sitting in a cave at irlkirdi practicing love magic by cutting off his long hair and weaving it by hand onto a wooden spindle, then performing songs and dances which people from far off could hear. Often he would entice young women to come to his cave and live with him. Jakamarra men were very proud of their successes when they practiced this magic, and spent much time boasting among themselves about their prowess. The seven women had no intention of sleeping with the Jakamarra man and ran away from him, journeying a long way across the desert until they were too tired and hungry to go any further. They sat down at Uluru to search for honey ants, then when they saw Jilbi approaching went to a place called Kurlunyalimpa, and changed themselves into seven fires.

With the help of spirits at Uluru they went up into the sky to become stars. Ever since then they can be seen as a cluster of seven stars in the constellation Taurus, known as the Pleiades. Jilbi transformed himself into the Morning Star in Orion’s belt, and continues to chase the Pleiades across the sky.

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