Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi Indigenous Australian, 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 Tjpaltjarri.  Her father had a great influence on her, teaching Gabriella to paint at a very young age.  Even though Clifford’s style and influence may be seen in her work, Gabriella has developed a distinct style of her own, particularly in her choice of vibrant contemporary palette.

 

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. She has also been included in many major collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

 

Gabriella’s paintings tell Tjukurrpa, “dreamtime” stories and she utilizes many different techniques that are characteristically Indigenous, including the classic dot pattern.  Gabriella is perhaps most well-known for the important commissions and installations which she has undertaken. These include being as major exhibiting artist within the Vivid Projection Programme at the Sydney Opera House in 2016; her designs displayed 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, in London England, when her work was presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11.