Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi, b. 1970 Mt Allan, Anmatyerre artist, sister to Gabriella Possum, paints Women’s Dreamings from her clan homelands.

 

Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 014754  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 108 cm

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Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 015483  |  acrylic on linen  |  204 x 108 cm

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Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 015871  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 184 cm

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Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 015872  |  acrylic on linen  |  175 x 150 cm

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Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 015873  |  acrylic on linen  |  210 x 76 cm

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Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 015874  |  acrylic on canvas  |  225 x 200 cm

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Jap 015876  |  acrylic on linen  |  202 x 102 cm

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Grandmother’s Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

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Jap 012216  |  acrylic on board  |  61 x 45 cm

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Jap 013720  |  acrylic on linen  |  265 x 193 cm

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Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013279  |  acrylic on linen  |  208 x 125 cm

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Jap 013719  |  acrylic on linen  |  205 x 107 cm

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Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013726  |  acrylic on linen  |  203 x 108 cm

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Anmatyerre artist Michelle Possum Nungurrayi was born in 1970 at Mt Allan, a station community about 250 kms to the north west of Alice Springs. Michelle comes from a well-established artistic family. She is the younger sister of artist Gabriella Possum and their father, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002), was one of the founding figures of the Desert Art movement at Papunya.

Michelle, along with her sister Gabriella and brother Lionel, was taught to paint by her famous father. Michelle began painting at an early age and produced her first canvases while still a teenager in the mid 1980s.

The Dreamings that Michelle Possum paints come from Yuelamu on her home country at Mt Allan. These include the stories of Seven Sisters Dreaming, Bush Tucker stories including Seed Dreaming, Bush Coconut, Fire Dreaming, Goanna Dreaming, and Grandmother’s Country, many of which she combines together in complex interwoven designs.

Mainly depicting the overview of maps of traditional Country from her family lands, Michelle describes the many important cultural sites she knows well. Her paintings have gained wide popularity partly due to the fact that as we come to understand the iconography, the paintings make fascinating narratives for a western audience. They are populated not only with plants and food resources and waterholes, but also with people sitting in the landscape – men with hunting implements and women with digging sticks and coolamons.

The first exhibition for Michelle Possum was a family group show in 1987 in Brisbane, and her works were exhibited alongside those of her father and her sister Gabriella. Michelle currently paints in Melbourne, where her family now lives, and she often paints in the company of her sister. Aboriginal art status – Established artist.

 

Group Exhibitions
1987   Possum Family Paintings, Brisbane QLD
1995   Desert Dreaming
2005   Aboriginal and Oceanic Art Fair, Sydney NSW
2005   Christmas Show, Australian Contemporary Aboriginal Art
2006   Modern Masters from an Ancient Culture
2006   Opening Exhibition, Aranda Art Alice Springs NT
2006   Aboriginal and Oceanic Art Fair, Sydney NSW
2006   Shanghai Art Fair, China
2007   Shanghai Art Fair, China
2007   Hong Kong Cricket Club
2007   London Art Fair, London UK

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2009   Michelle Possum, Australia Dreaming Art, Fitzroy VIC
    2009   Generations, Aranda Art Gallery, Melbourne VIC
  • 2015   Gabriella & Michelle Possum Nungarrayi, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
  • 2017   Gabriella & Michelle Possum Nungarrayi, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA