Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi Indigenous Australian, b. b. 1967

Born: MT Allan, NT

Tribal Group: Anmatyerre

Community: Alice Springs, NT

 

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi was born in 1967 and is the eldest daughter of famous artist Clifford Possum Tpaltjarri. Her father had a great influence over her and taught her to paint at a very young age. Even though you can still see his influences in her work, she has developed a distinct style of her own.

Her paintings tell Dreamtime stories with the use of bold colour and she utilizes many different techniques that are characteristically Indigenous, including the dot pattern technique.

In 1985, at the tender age of 16, Gabriella won the coveted Alice Springs Art Award, while still a student at Yirara Lutheran College in Alice Springs. Her work has been exhibited widely in Australia as well as in the U.S.A and throughout Europe. Her work has also been included in many major collections including the National Gallery of Australia.

Gabriella is notorious for the important commissions and installations she has done. These include being part of the Vivid Projection Programme at Sydney Opera House in 2016, her design being used on an Art Tram during the 2014 Melbourne Festival and her 2008 commission and installation depicting her custodial Grandmother's Country for the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.