Born in 1967 in 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 fathers passing, the value of her works has increased dramatically. 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 U.S.A and throughout Europe. Her work is in many major collections including the National Gallery of Australia and most recently she was commissioned to complete a twenty metre art installation depicting her custodial Grandmother’s Country for the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show which was awarded the Gold Metal.
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 Dreaming’s. Gabriella’s work is bold and vivid in colour and composition and utilises many different techniques, the “dot” technique in particular.