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Talking about Country – Possum Sisters

Talking about Country – Possum Sisters

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7 April – 17 May 2017

Talking about Country – Possum Sisters

The strong artistic family traditions inherited by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi and her sister Michelle come from their father Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932 – 2002). These artistic traditions include the stories and iconographic designs associated with their clan country in Central Australia. Clifford Possum was one of the core group of painters at Papunya who helped establish the Desert art movement from the 1970s onwards. His distinctive style and use of colour, combined with the elegant use of symbols that came out of the ancient traditions of storytelling and ceremonial use, provided a rich heritage of skills and techniques. These were passed on to Gabriella when she was very young. So by the time she was 16 Gabriella had already won the prestigious Alice Springs Art Prize in 1983.

Gabriella and Michelle Possum have inherited stories on the women’s side of their family, and these include the Seven Sisters Dreaming story from country near Napperby Creek. Other important stories include Bush Tucker and Women’s Ceremonies, Bush Coconut and Black Seed Dreaming stories, all largely associated with country at Yuelamu on Mt Allan.

For Gabriella and Michelle as they approach the age of 50, their contribution to the contemporary Aboriginal art movement that began in the time of their father at Papunya has been substantial and enduring. Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi and Michelle Possum Nungurrayi have created paintings that have crossed over into the wider Australian understanding of Country and artistic tradition.

The exhibition of their recent paintings is being presented at Japingka Gallery from 7 April to 17 May 2017.

Gabriella Possum

Michelle Possum

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Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 013769  |  acrylic on linen  |  220 x 110 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013427  |  acrylic on linen  |  213 x 145 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013720  |  acrylic on linen  |  265 x 193 cm

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Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 013280  |  acrylic on linen  |  202 x 173 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013277  |  acrylic on canvas  |  205 x 95 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013721  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 91 cm

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Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 013767  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 98 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013429  |  acrylic on linen  |  207 x 126 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013724  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 100 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 012131  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 91 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013716  |  acrylic on linen  |  108 x 94 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013278  |  acrylic on linen  |  193 x 186 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013600  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 92 cm

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Grandmother’s Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmother’s Country

Jap 012214  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 92 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013717  |  acrylic on linen  |  93 x 82 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013345  |  acrylic on canvas  |  107 x 78 cm

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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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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013602  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 92 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013346  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 91 cm

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Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 013770  |  acrylic on linen  |  176 x 118 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013279  |  acrylic on linen  |  208 x 125 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 012124  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013719  |  acrylic on board, framed  |  61 x 45 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013601  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 92 cm

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Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 013603  |  acrylic on linen  |  145 x 99 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013722  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 91 cm

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Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 013723  |  acrylic on linen  |  165 x 92 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013726  |  acrylic on linen  |  203 x 108 cm

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