Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

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DOB: 1967
Born: Mt Allan, NT
TRIBAL GROUP: Anmatyerre
COMMUNITY: Alice Springs, NT

Born in 1967 at Mt. Allan, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi is the eldest daughter of renowned artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. She was taught to paint by her father at a very young age, and since her father's passing the value of her works has increased dramatically. His influences are apparent in her work, yet she has formed a style of her own.

Her paintings depict stories such as Bush Tucker (Exploding Seed and Black Seed from the Mt. Allan area), Women's Ceremonies, Serpent, Goanna and Seven Sisters Dreamings. Gabriella's work is bold and vivid in colour and composition and utilises many different techniques, the "dot" technique in particular.

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. She is recognised as a culturally significant artist and her work has been exhibited in the USA and throughout Europe. Her work is in many major collections including the National Gallery of Australia.

Gabriella has become known 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.

Gabriella now lives in Melbourne with her family.


  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
  • Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
  • Holmes A Court Collection, Perth
  • Kelton Foundation Collection, Santa Monica
  • Winterthur Collection, Switzerland
  • Corrigan Collection, Sydney
  • Royal Collection, HRH Queen Elizabeth, UK
  • Richard Branson Collection, UK
  • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • Maroondah City Council Art Collection, Maroondah, VIC, Australia
  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne

Awards & Recognition

2016 Vivid Projection Programme, Opera House, Sydney
2014 Art Tram, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne
2008 Chelsea Flower Show, London - Gold Medal
1993 Alice Springs Art Prize, Record Cover for 'Coloured Stone'
1991 Professional Development Grant, from the Aboriginal Arts Unit of the Australia Council for the Arts


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 From the Sand to the Sails, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2010 Gabriella Possum Artist in Residence, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009 The Best of Gabriella Possum, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 The Seven Sisters and the Night Sky, Art Mob, Hobart
2020 Family Business - The Art of the Possum Family, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 The Continuing Legacy of Clifford Possum: Clifford, Gabriella, Michelle, Coo-ee Art Gallery, Sydney
2019 Beyond Time, Australian Aboriginal Art, Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston
2019 Of Earth and Fire, Exhibition of Maroondah City Council Art Collection, Maroondah, VIC
2019 Seven Sisters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Landscape Colours, Japingka Aboriginal Art, Fremantle
2018 20/20 Vision: 20 Years 20 Women, Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney
2018 Beyond the Veil, Olsen Gruin, New York
2017 Talking about Country | Possum Sisters, Japingka Aboriginal Art, Fremantle
2015 Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi & Michelle Possum Nungurrayi, Japingka Aboriginal Art, Fremantle
2012 Heirs and Successors, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2009 Starry Starry Nights, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2009 Generations, Aranda Aboriginal Art, Melbourne
2008 Chelsea Flower Show, London
2008 Art Aborigene Australien, Paris
2007 London Art Fair, London
2007 Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai
2006 Dreaming Their Way, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
2006 Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai
2001 Mia Mia Gallery, Melbourne
2000 United Nations Building, New York
1999 Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne
1999 Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
1998 Sztuka Aborygenow - (Art of the Aborigines), Warsaw
1997 The Milky Way Dreaming, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
1993 London
1993 Bern, Switzerland
1992 Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
1992 Washington DC
1988 Aboriginal 'Dot' Painting, Melbourne