Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi
Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi 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).
Taught by her father, Gabriella Possum began painting at an early age.
The influences of his father are apparent in her work, yet she has formed a style of her own. Gabriella's work is bold and vivid in colour and composition and uses many different techniques, the "dot" technique in particular.
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 when she was young – these include Grandmother’s Dreaming, Seven Sisters Dreaming (Milky Way), Goanna, Bush Tucker and Serpent Dreamings of her Anmatyerre heritage.
In 1985, at 16 years old, Gabriella won the coveted Alice Springs Art Award while still a student at Yirara Lutheran College in Alice Springs. She is recognised as a culturally significant artist and her work has been exhibited in the U.S.A and throughout Europe. Her work is in many major collections including the National Gallery of Australia and she was commissioned to complete a twenty metre art installation depicting her custodial Grandmother's Country for the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show which was awarded the Gold Metal.
Gabriella resides now in Melbourne with her family and travels widely 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 artworks.
- Central Desert