Khatija Possum was born in Alice Springs in 1989. She is the granddaughter of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjairri, AO (c. 1937 – 2002), Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal artist. Clifford’s art hangs in all of the major collections and museums worldwide, he presented his art to the Queen, and features in numerous important publications on the Masters of Australian Art.
Khatija is the eldest daughter of senior artist Michelle Possum Nungurrayi and Heath Tjangala. Michelle is the youngest child of Clifford making Khatija the third generation of artists in her family. Michelle, along with her older sister Gabriella, were taught to paint by Clifford and they both carry forward the traditional stories, style and much of the iconography of Clifford Possum, albeit with stronger colour and the addition of women’s ceremonial stories and other women’s dreamings.
Khatija learnt to paint by observing and assisting her mother. Her art is colourful and dramatic in style, depicting the dreaming stories and women’s ceremonial activities of her paternal great-grandmother Long Rose Nungala, combined with the bold and precise imaging of her grandfather, aunty and mothers artworks.
This exciting young artist is making a huge impression on the art world and we have no doubt she will have a long and successful career.