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Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi & Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi & Michelle Possum Nungurrayi Artworks

Gallery 2

9 October – 14 November 2015

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi & Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Sisters Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi and Michelle Possum Nungurrayi have carried on the legacy of their father, the late artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, who died in 2002. Both these second generation artists have established their reputations painting the ancestral stories that have come down to them from their parents and grandparents.

Gabriella and Michelle continue to use the references to the stories while building on the colour structures and extending the scope of their work to include aspects of Women’s Dreaming. These stories come from the homelands of Yuelamu near Mt Allan. This community was one of the early properties returned to ownership of the local people, when it was transferred in 1976.

Much of the iconography employed by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi and Michelle Possum Nungurrayi in their paintings have a clear stylistic connection to the devices created by their father and uncle. The tradition therefore is closely linked to the beginnings of the Papunya desert art movement.

As Anmatyerre speakers, both Gabriella and Michelle have close associations with the Creation stories that took place across their country. The Seven Sisters Dreaming story is one of the powerful myths around the constellation of the Pleaides, and is beautifully rendered in Gabriella’s paintings. In other complex paintings the artists have followed in the footsteps of their father, amalgamating aspects of several adjoining stories, such that they tell of the interwoven Jukurrpa strands that criss-cross their country.

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Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 012125  |  acrylic on linen  |  164 x 91 cm

Grandmother’s Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmother’s Country

Jap 012126  |  acrylic on linen  |  151 x 100 cm

Grandmother’s Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmother’s Country

Jap 012127  |  acrylic on linen  |  182 x 121 cm

Grandmother’s Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmother’s Country

Jap 012130  |  acrylic on linen  |  168 x 91 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 012154  |  acrylic on linen  |  230 x 140 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 012129  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 130 cm

Grandmother’s Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmother’s Country

Jap 012215  |  acrylic on board  |  61 x 45 cm

Grandmother’s Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmother’s Country

Jap 012216  |  acrylic on board  |  61 x 45 cm

Grandmother’s Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmother’s Country

Jap 011473  |  acrylic on linen  |  151 x 82 cm

Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 012124  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 012131  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 91 cm

Grandmother’s Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmother’s Country

Jap 012214  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 92 cm

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 012128  |  acrylic on linen  |  456 x 100 cm

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