Michelle Possum Nungurrayi







Michelle Possum Nungurrayi 


Born:		1970 	Mt Allan
Region:     	Papunya, West of Alice Springs NT
Community:	Papunya
Language:   	Anmatyerre
Tribe:		Warlpiri

Subjects: 	Milky Way or Seven Sisters Dreaming. 
		Bush Coconut, Black Seed (for making damper), 
		Exploding Seed Pod and Women's stories from 
		the Mt Allan area.


Collections: 
Aranda Collection 
Knight Family Collection 
Corrigan Collection


Solo Exhibitions:  
2009 - Michelle Possum, Australia Dreaming Art, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia 
2009 - Generations, Aranda Art Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 
Group Exhibitions: 
1982 - Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney 
1987 - Possum Family Paintings, Brisbane 
1995 - Desert Dreaming 
2005 - Aboriginal and Oceanic Art Fair, Sydney 
2005 - Christmas Show, Australian Contemporary Aboriginal Art 
2006 - Modern Masters from an Ancient Culture 
2006 - Opening Exhibition, Aranda Art Alice Springs 
2006 - Aboriginal and Oceanic Art Fair, Sydney
2006 - Shanghai Art Fair, China 
2007 - Shanghai Art Fair, China 
2007 - Hong Kong Cricket Club 
2007 - London Art Fair, UK

 
 
Bibliography:
Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, 
Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales. (C)



Michelle Possum Nungarrayi is the younger daughter of Emily Nakamarra Possum, 
and the famous Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (deceased), renowned for being one 
of the founding artists of the contemporary indigenous art movement, and for 
being the artist whose work has achieved the highest price at auction for an 
Australian Indigenous artwork. Her area is Mt. Allan, to the north west of 
Alice Springs, in Australia's NT. Michelle and her husband, Heath Ramzan Tjangala, 
have six children. Michelle, her sister Gabriella and brother Lionel, were taught 
to paint by their highly talented father. She began painting at a young age in 
the mid 1980's and to this day, carries on the traditional stories, style and 
much of the iconography of Clifford Possum, typically using stronger colours 
depicting women's ceremonial stories and other women's dreamings. 








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