About The Artist
Gabriella was born in 1967 at Mt. Allen, Northern Territory. She is the eldest daughter of one of Australia’s most renowned aboriginal artists, Clifford Possum, who died in 2002. Gabriella began painting at an early age with the guidance of her father, who taught her how to paint and together they have collaborated on many important works.
Gabriella’s paintings predominantly depict a series of Dreaming stories passed down to her from her paternal grandmother, Long Rose Nungala and other senior women. These include Grandmother’s Dreaming, Seven Sisters Dreaming (Milky Way), Goanna, Bush Tucker Dreaming, My Father’s Country and Serpent Dreaming of her Anmatyerre heritage.
At age 16, Gabriella was the youngest artist to be awarded the Alice Springs Art Prize whilst completing her studies at the Yirara College. Her innate talent and knowledge of women’s dreaming was further enhanced through her association with the Papunya Tula painters, namely her father’s brother Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri and many others.
Currently Gabriella lives in Melbourne along with her husband and five children.
As the daughter of one of Australia’s best-known aboriginal artists, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi has made a name for herself in the artistic world. Her works have been extensively exhibited and collected nationally and internationally and we, at Mandel Aboriginal Art Gallery, are proud to carry her many marvels.