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Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri was born in Tjuirri, an area north west of Alice Springs also known as Napperby Station. His father was born at Ngarlu, a location west of Mt. Allan, and his mother from Warlugulong, and area southwest of Yuendumu. This broad stretch of territory defined the diversity of subject matter in Clifford's paintings. Clifford enjoyed a traditional bush upbringing and was given the name Possum by his paternal grandfather. In the 1940's, Clifford and his family re-located to Jay Creek, where he became a stockman, working at several stations throughout the area.

Clifford Possum was said to be a true master artist, his character, charisma, and total dedication to his art and dreamings, as well as his tireless promotion of his, and his families work, has set a high standard in establishing this movement from it's inception to the present day. Art lovers and collectors, both here and around the world have held the Desert Masters in high regard, because of the efforts by individuals such as Clifford.

Clifford passed away in Alice Springs on the 21st June 2002, after recently being recognised for his contribution to Australian Art and culture, by being made an "Officer of the Order of Australia". His final days where spent at the Hetty Perkins Nursing Home Alice Springs where he passed away surrounded by close family and friends. He will be sadly missed by those who worked with and knew him well, as well as art collectors and dealers around the world.
Clifford Possum was born in 1932 on Napperby Station. He worked extensively as a stockman on the cattle stations in and around his traditional country. During this time he developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Dreaming Trails that criss-cross the area to the north of the western McDonnell Ranges, which he depicts in painting his Dreamings.

His career as an artist began in the 50's when he carved snakes and goannas. By the 70's he was one of the most accomplished carvers in Central Australia. His first opportunity to paint came when one of Albert Namatjira's sons gave him acrylic paints and the master began his work. Clifford, living at the Papunya Community was one of the first artists to be involved with the Aboriginal Art Movement.

The art of Clifford Possum is notable for its brilliant manipulation of three-dimensional space. Many of his canvasses have strong figurative elements which stand out from the highly descriptive background dotting. In the late 70's he expanded the scope of Papunya Tula painting by placing the trails of several ancestors on the same canvas in the fashion of a road map. Within this framework, he depicted the land geographically. This laid the foundation for traditional Aboriginal Iconography to be placed on canvas. The other artist working with him took his lead and removed any elements of European Art from their work. In doing so Clifford, as well as the other artists involved with the Papunya Tula Movement helped to develop the true definition of Aboriginal Art, an art revolving around a culture, The Jukurrpa.

In some of his stories Clifford attempts to give a visual impression of sunlight, cloud, shadow and earth to denote specific times of the day. His paintings show superlative skill, incredible inventiveness of form and are visually spectacular.

Clifford's work is contemporary but essentially Aboriginal in inspiration. To appreciate its full richness it is imperative that it is seen not only by its colour, composition and balance but by its mythological detail. One of the extraordinary qualities of Clifford's work and other Western Desert artists is that they are a visual writing and speak to the Aboriginal as books do to Europeans.

When asked why he became an Artist, he answered,
"That Dreaming been all the time. From our early days, before European people came up. That Dreaming carry on. Old people carry on this law, business, schooling for the young people. Grandfather and grandmother, uncle and aunty, mummy and father, all that, they been carry on this, teach 'em all the young boys and girls. They been using the dancing boards, spear, boomerang all painted. And they been using them on body different times.

Kids, I see them all the time, painted. All the young fellas they go hunting and the old people there, they do sand painting. They put down all the story, same like I do on canvas. All the young fella they bring 'em back kangaroo. Same all the ladies, they been get all the bush fruit, might be bush onion, plum, might be honey ants, might be yala, all the kungkas (women) bring them back. Because everybody there all ready waiting. Everybody painted. They been using ochres all the colours from the rock. People use them to paint up. I use paint and canvas that's not from us, from European people. Business time we don't use paints the way I use them, no we use them from rock, teach 'em all the young fellas."

Clifford is one of the most renown Aboriginal Artist of his time. He was the chairman of the Papunya Tula Artists from the 1970's to the 1980's. His work is featured in many of the main galleries and collections around Australia and Internationaly,Collections include the National Gallery in Canberra and the New South Wales Art Gallery. His work has travelled extensively around the world, including, 'Dreamings' The Art of Aboriginal Australia in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and St Louis. He has had a book published dedicated to him and his paintings, 'The Art of Clifford Possum Japaltjarri', by Vivien Johnson. He is and has always been regarded as the leading figure in Australian Aboriginal Art.

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              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (c1933-2002) Aboriginal Australian, Possum Dreaming Corroboree, illustrated on the front cover of the invite to Hogarth Galleries Exhibition - Napperby Station, Western Desert Paintings…
                Jan. 06, 2024

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (c1933-2002) Aboriginal Australian, Possum Dreaming Corroboree, illustrated on the front cover of the invite to Hogarth Galleries Exhibition - Napperby Station, Western Desert Paintings…

                Est: $12,000 - $18,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (c1933-2002) Aboriginal Australian, Possum Dreaming Corroboree, illustrated on the front cover of the invite to Hogarth Galleries Exhibition - Napperby Station, Western Desert Paintings, July 18th to August 5th Invite. Special Preview 17th July 1987. Opened by The Hon F.J Walker Q.C & M.P Minister for the arts. approx 89 cm x 129.5 cm

                Vickers & Hoad
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Anmatyerre (1932 - 2002), Untitled, Acrylic on canvas
                Dec. 04, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Anmatyerre (1932 - 2002), Untitled, Acrylic on canvas

                Est: $2,000 - $3,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Anmatyerre (1932 - 2002) Untitled Acrylic on canvas Note: this painting is likely a collaborative work executed with family assistance.

                Theodore Bruce
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI C1933-2002
                Nov. 29, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI C1933-2002

                Est: $3,500 - $5,500

                “Karrakatji - Honey Ant Dreaming” Acrylic on Belgian Linen, signed verso. 91.5 x 136cm. Provenance: AGNSW - Paula Dredge and Kenneth Watson, label verso. With Certificate of Authenticity, and external registration form signed by Kenneth Watson, AGNSW.

                McKenzies Auctioneers
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Rock Wallaby and Possum Dreaming, 1996
                Nov. 08, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Rock Wallaby and Possum Dreaming, 1996

                Est: $16,000 - $22,000

                Clifford Possum's unique artistic style is characterised by an innovative use of spatial configuration. Small early career works were a mere foretaste of the grandeur of the paintings he was to create, on an unprecedentedly massive scale, in the late 1970s. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he continued to compile a powerful body of work which was most notable for its brilliant manipulation of three-dimensional space and the introduction of western iconography and figurative imagery, which stood out from a background of highly descriptive dotting in order to convey certain elements in his narratives. This played a dual role in making them both more intelligible to western audiences, as well as allowing him to create imaginative compositions within the parameters of the 'law'.

                Cooee Art
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Rock Wallaby and Possum Dreaming, 1996
                Nov. 08, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Rock Wallaby and Possum Dreaming, 1996

                Est: $25,000 - $35,000

                This iconography in this painting relates to the initiation of young men through the re-enactment of an ancient ritual corroboree that took place during the Dreaming, at a sacred site near Yuelamu, (Mount Allan) around the border of the Tanami and Simpson Desert. With an emphasis on initiating, or leading, male youths into manhood, this ancient corroboree was first conceived by a tribe of Anmatjerre Possums and another of Pitjantjatjarra Rock Wallabies. On their first encounter, they became involved in a fierce territorial battle, which erupted when the ancient Possums ambushed the Rock Wallabies as they arrived at Yuelamu from Port Augusta, on their way to the Top-End (Darwin). Following this bitter battle the two tribes eventually made peace. They then began to share each others language and impart their ancient knowledge through ritual song, dance, body decoration, sandpaintings and other secret/sacred practices. The Rock Wallabies and ancient Possums are represented in this painting through their individual tracks, which the animals left behind as they travelled through the desert landscape. The thin parallel lines represent ritual body decoration as well as the linear pattern of movement that the corroboree dancers traditionally follow in this all-important men's ceremony.

                Cooee Art
              • Aboriginal Art
                Nov. 03, 2023

                Aboriginal Art

                Est: $120 - $200

                1) The Art of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri by Vivien Johnson. Published by Craftsman house 1996. Original cloth in dustwrapper. Endpapers are a little bit foxed else a very good copy; 2) Australian Aboriginal Paintings by Jennifer Isaacs. Published by Weldon Publishing 1989. Original cloth in dustwrapper. Very good copy

                Sydney Rare Book Auctions
              • The Art of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
                Nov. 03, 2023

                The Art of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

                Est: $200 - $300

                The Art of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri by Vivien Johnson. Published by Gordon and Breach Arts International 1994 1st Ed. Original cloth in dustwrapper. A little bit foxed on end papers else a very good copy.

                Sydney Rare Book Auctions
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (1933-2002), Bush Tucker, Sand Hill Country
                Oct. 29, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (1933-2002), Bush Tucker, Sand Hill Country

                Est: $3,000 - $5,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (1933-2002) Bush Tucker, Sand Hill Country acrylic on canvas signed and titled verso: CLiFFoRD PoSSUM / BUSHG TUCKER / - SAND HILL COUNTRY) 101 x 75cm PROVENANCE David Dridan Fine Art, Adelaide Bank of South Australia, SA Private Collection, NSW Davidson Auctions, Sydney, Estate & Collector, 11 July 2021, Lot 299 Private Collection, Melbourne © Clifford Possum/Copyright Agency, 2023

                Gibson's Auctions
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (c1933-2002) Aboriginal Australian, Possum Dreaming Corroboree, illustrated on the front cover of the invite to Hogarth Galleries Exhibition - Napperby Station, Western Desert Paintings…
                Oct. 29, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (c1933-2002) Aboriginal Australian, Possum Dreaming Corroboree, illustrated on the front cover of the invite to Hogarth Galleries Exhibition - Napperby Station, Western Desert Paintings…

                Est: $12,000 - $18,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (c1933-2002) Aboriginal Australian, Possum Dreaming Corroboree, illustrated on the front cover of the invite to Hogarth Galleries Exhibition - Napperby Station, Western Desert Paintings, July 18th to August 5th Invite. Special Preview 17th July 1987. Opened by The Hon F.J Walker Q.C & M.P Minister for the arts. approx 89 cm x 129.5 cm

                Vickers & Hoad
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, , Two Jangula Men, Acrylic on canvas
                Oct. 02, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, , Two Jangula Men, Acrylic on canvas

                Est: $10,000 - $15,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Two Jangula Men Acrylic on canvas This Lot comes with six digital work-in-progress images.

                Theodore Bruce
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI C1933-2002
                Sep. 05, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI C1933-2002

                Est: $5,000 - $8,000

                “Karrakatji - Honey Ant Dreaming” Acrylic on Belgian Linen, signed verso. 91.5 x 136cm. Provenance: Authenticated for the current owner by the AGNSW - Paula Dredge and Kenneth Watson, label verso. With Certificate of Authenticity, and external registration form signed by Kenneth Watson, AGNSW.

                McKenzies Auctioneers
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, , Two Jangula Men, Acrylic on canvas
                Jul. 31, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, , Two Jangula Men, Acrylic on canvas

                Est: $15,000 - $25,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Two Jangula Men Acrylic on canvas This Lot comes with six digital work-in-progress images.

                Theodore Bruce
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM (CIRCA 1933-2002), Untitled 1996
                Jun. 28, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM (CIRCA 1933-2002), Untitled 1996

                Est: $800 - $1,200

                CLIFFORD POSSUM (CIRCA 1933-2002) Untitled 1996 synthetic polymer paint on canvas inscribed verso: CLiFFoRD PoSSUM / 11/96 66 x 126cm © Clifford Possum/Copyright Agency, 2023

                Gibson's Auctions
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM (CIRCA 1933-2002), Untitled 1998
                Jun. 28, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM (CIRCA 1933-2002), Untitled 1998

                Est: $1,000 - $1,500

                CLIFFORD POSSUM (CIRCA 1933-2002) Untitled 1998 synthetic polymer paint on canvas inscribed verso: CLiFFoRD PoSSUM / 1998 126 x 76.5cm © Clifford Possum/Copyright Agency, 2023

                Gibson's Auctions
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM (CIRCA 1933-2002), Untitled 1999
                Jun. 28, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM (CIRCA 1933-2002), Untitled 1999

                Est: $1,200 - $1,800

                CLIFFORD POSSUM (CIRCA 1933-2002) Untitled 1999 synthetic polymer paint on canvas inscribed verso: CLiFFoRD PoSSUM / 1999 123.5 x 82cm © Clifford Possum/Copyright Agency, 2023

                Gibson's Auctions
              • Clifford (1932-2002) & Michelle Possum Nungurrayi
                Jun. 23, 2023

                Clifford (1932-2002) & Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

                Est: €1,200 - €2,000

                Clifford (1932-2002) & Michelle Possum Nungurrayi (b. 1967 Papunya), #'Mens Ceremony - Four Dreaming#', 1989, large-format dot painting, organic color fields of dots and lines, acrylic/canvas, approx. 154x177 cm, unframed Canvas, signed on the reverse . German Description: Clifford (1932-2002) & Michelle Possum Nungurrayi (geb. 1967 Papunya), 'Mens Ceremony - Four Dreaming', 1989, großformatigePunktmalerei, organische Farbfelder aus Punkten u. Linien, Acryl/Lwd, ca. 154x177 cm, ungerahmte Lwd, verso signiert

                Henry's Auktionshaus
              • Clifford Tjapaltjarri Possum, 1932-2002, Grass Seed Dreaming
                Jun. 22, 2023

                Clifford Tjapaltjarri Possum, 1932-2002, Grass Seed Dreaming

                Est: $1,000 - $1,500

                Clifford Tjapaltjarri Possum 1932-2002 Grass Seed Dreaming acrylic on canvas

                Abell Auction
              • Clifford Tjapaltjarri Possum, Papunya 1932-2002, Bush Banana/Potato Dreaming
                Jun. 22, 2023

                Clifford Tjapaltjarri Possum, Papunya 1932-2002, Bush Banana/Potato Dreaming

                Est: $800 - $1,200

                Clifford Tjapaltjarri Possum Papunya, 1932-2002 Bush Banana/Potato Dreaming acrylic on canvas artboard depicting Tjapaltarri men sitting and telling the ancestral dreaming story of the wild bush potato, signed verso, including certificate of authenticity, purchased at Desert Designs, Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1995 and thence by descent, Private Collection, New York, NY,

                Abell Auction
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Love Story , 1996
                Jun. 20, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Love Story , 1996

                Est: $18,000 - $22,000

                This is the tale of incestuous lust and the magical spells cast by an old Tjungurrayi man called Lintipilinti in order to seduce a woman of the wrong skin. To achieve this, Lintipilinti used sacred songs and a hairstring spindle that he made from his own hair and a pair of thin sticks. In this work he is depicted as a large U shape with a club that he carries beside him. The club has multiple meanings in the sacred version of this mythology, yet even in the public version it is menacing enough. The object of his desire is a wrong skinned Napangardi woman who is travelling from Yuelamu (Mount Allen) looking for the native sugar that is found in abundance on Eucalyptus leaves where it is deposited by small flying ants. The woman does not realise until too late that she is being stalked by the Tungurrayi who is telepathically calling her to him while using ritual paraphernalia and a sacred ground painting. Overcome by lust, the Tjungurrayi man drops the hair string that he is braiding, and it scatters like love on the wind. A whirlwind blows in an attempt to destroy his love magic but it is to no avail. Though she is a strictly forbidden sexual partner Lintipilinti shows no concern. Eventually he will be punished at another place for this indiscretion. But this part of the narrative takes place at Ngarlu (Red Hill) where a small oval shaped rockhole is found. If prospective lovers drink from the well, it is said to have a powerful effect upon them.

                Cooee Art
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Corkwood Dreaming, 2001
                Jun. 20, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Corkwood Dreaming, 2001

                Est: $15,000 - $20,000

                Clifford Possum began his artistic career in the 1950s at Glen Helen, when he found that he earned more pay and lived under better conditions while producing carvings for the developing tourist market than he had as a stockman. His carvings were renowned in Central Australia for their brilliant craftsmanship and realistic detail. He did not join the growing band of active painters working at Papunya until 1972. His early paintings conveyed a remarkable sense of atmosphere. These stood out from those of other Western and Central Desert artists, who were less preoccupied with evoking a psychological mood in their paintings. As he developed his art practice, Clifford introduced Western iconography and figurative imagery to convey certain elements in his narratives. This played a dual role in both making them more intelligible to western audiences, and allowing him to create imaginative compositions within the parameters of the ‘law’.

                Cooee Art
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Red Sand Worm Dreaming, 1996
                Jun. 20, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Red Sand Worm Dreaming, 1996

                Est: $4,000 - $6,000

                Clifford Possum was the first recognised star of Western Desert art and one of Australia’s most distinguished painters of the late twentieth century. His unique artistic style was characterised by its innovative use of spatial configuration in paintings that conveyed a remarkable sense of atmosphere. By 1990 Clifford had lived away from his country for long periods of time since first painting at Papunya in the early 1970s. His birthplace was at Napperby, on Anmatjerre land. Napperby Lake or Larumba, near the border of the Tanami and Simpson Deserts, is a saltwater lake which flows along a series of claypans, occasionally disappearing beneath the surface. The Worm Dreaming belongs to Narripi, near Gidyea Creek,100 km east of Mount Allen, very close to the artist's birthplace. The wiggly lines depict the trails of the Ancestral Worm Men as they travelled underground.

                Cooee Art
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c. 1932 - 2002) "Worm Dreaming"
                Jun. 18, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c. 1932 - 2002) "Worm Dreaming"

                Est: $5,000 - $8,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c. 1932 - 2002) "Worm Dreaming" Acrylic on canvas. Artwork is signed verso. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity. Artwork is stretched and ready to hang. 60cm x 123cm

                Ozbid Auctions
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI "RARE SIGNED KILLER BOOMERANG-1997" H 81cm
                Jun. 04, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI "RARE SIGNED KILLER BOOMERANG-1997" H 81cm

                Est: $2,000 - $3,000

                RARE SIGNED KILLER BOOMERANG-1997. L 81cm

                Phillip Caldwell Auctioneers
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI "LARUMBA" Circa 1995
                Jun. 04, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI "LARUMBA" Circa 1995

                Est: $12,000 - $18,000

                Important large synthetic polymer paints on Belgian linen.(Clifford was a very good friend of the Knight family) 83cm x 122cm

                Phillip Caldwell Auctioneers
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, , Acrylic on linen
                May. 22, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, , Acrylic on linen

                Est: $5,000 - $8,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Acrylic on linen

                Theodore Bruce
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
                May. 22, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

                Est: $5,000 - $8,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Comes with MP4 digital video of artist and painting.

                Theodore Bruce
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, , Untitled, Acrylic on linen
                May. 22, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, , Untitled, Acrylic on linen

                Est: $1,500 - $2,500

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Untitled Acrylic on linen

                Theodore Bruce
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (CIRCA 1933-2002), Love Story 6 1996
                Apr. 16, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (CIRCA 1933-2002), Love Story 6 1996

                Est: $600 - $1,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (CIRCA 1933-2002) Love Story 6 1996 synthetic polymer paint on linen inscribed verso: CLIFFORD POSSUM 75.5cm diameter PROVENANCE Commissioned directly from the Artist Private Collection, London Verified by Dr. Vivien Johnston The Peter and Renate Nahum Collection, London © Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency, 2023

                Gibson's Auctions
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (CIRCA 1933-2002), Lightning 1992
                Apr. 16, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (CIRCA 1933-2002), Lightning 1992

                Est: $1,500 - $2,500

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (CIRCA 1933-2002) Lightning 1992 synthetic polymer paint on linen inscribed verso: CLIFFORD POSSUM 85 x 115cm PROVENANCE Tribal Art Gallery, Melbourne The Peter and Renate Nahum Collection, London © Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency, 2023

                Gibson's Auctions
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002), 'Carpet Snake Dreaming'
                Mar. 25, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002), 'Carpet Snake Dreaming'

                Est: $5,000 - $7,000

                Acrylic on unframed canvas, 265cm x 133cm (approx.), with strong vibrant colours. Soft folds towards end of the canvas due to tube storage, and very minor paint chipping/marks on edges from previous framing, else in excellent condition. 'Clifford Possum Carpet Snake Dreaming' inscribed on the back of canvas.

                Roxbury's Auction House
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI, UNTITLED, 1990
                Mar. 22, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI, UNTITLED, 1990

                Est: $15,000 - $20,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c.1932 - 2002) UNTITLED, 1990 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 133.5 x 85.0 cm bears inscription verso: artist’s name, CAAMA cat. 8-290 and Alcaston Gallery cat. AK395 PROVENANCE Commissioned by the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, Alice Springs Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne (stamped on stretcher bar verso) Private collection, Melbourne  © Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency 2023

                Deutscher and Hackett
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI, LOVE STORY, 1981
                Mar. 22, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI, LOVE STORY, 1981

                Est: $15,000 - $20,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c.1932 - 2002) LOVE STORY, 1981 synthetic polymer paint on linen 51.0 x 41.5 cm PROVENANCE Purchased by the artist Tim Johnson, directly from the artist while working for Papunya Tula artists in 1981 Tim and Vivien Johnson collection, Sydney Private collection, Sydney EXHIBITED Dreamings: Art of Aboriginal Australia, Asia Society Galleries, New York; David Smart Gallery, Chicago, 6 October – 31 December 1988; Natural History Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, 1988 – 89, cat. 51 (as ‘Man’s Love Story’, label attached verso) The Painted Dream: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings from the Tim and Vivien Johnson Collection, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, 28 March – 2 June 1991; Te Whare Taonga o Aotearoa National Art Gallery and Museum, Wellington, 13 July – 8 September 1991   Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Retrospective Tour, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 31 October 2003 - 26 January 2004; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 24 March - 3 May 2004; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 May - 11 July 2004; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 7 August - 24 October 2004, cat. 30 (label attached verso) LITERATURE Sutton, P.,  Dreamings: Art of Aboriginal Australia, The Asia Society Galleries and South Australian Museum in association with Penguin Books Australia Ltd, Melbourne, 1988, fig. 149, cat. 51, pp. 107, 109 (illus.), 224 – 225   Johnson, V.,  The Painted Dream, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, 1990, p. 23 (illus., as ‘Man’s Love Story’) Johnson, V.,  The Art of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Craftsman House G+B International, Sydney, 1994, cat. 30, pp. 134, 136, 137 (illus.), 240 (illus.) RELATED WORK Man’s Love Story, 1973, synthetic polymer paint and synthetic binders on hardboard, 45.5 x 62.0 cm, private collection  ESSAY This painting depicts Clifford Possum's very distinctive Love Story design. A Tjungurrayi man is shown at the site Ngarlu. He has fallen in love with a Napangardi woman of the wrong kinship subsection for marriage to him. Using the spindle on which he spins hair string, he entices the woman to his campsite, ‘talking with his thoughts on the wind.’ The hair string spindle is shown coming from the central roundel. His footprints are depicted on the left of the painting and his hair is blown away in the wind as he is distracted by her approach, shown on the right. In the lower half of the painting a curved line represents some Nungarrayi women who approached and gathered in the darkness around the lovers’ campsite. This mythology and the associated law are taught to post-initiate young men in ceremonies known as ‘Malliera’.    © Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency 2023

                Deutscher and Hackett
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c1933 - 2002) Corroboree, Naprerby Station acrylic on canvas 122 x 99.5 cm (overall: 122 x 99.5 x 3 cm...
                Mar. 16, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c1933 - 2002) Corroboree, Naprerby Station acrylic on canvas 122 x 99.5 cm (overall: 122 x 99.5 x 3 cm...

                Est: $5,000 - $7,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c1933 - 2002) Corroboree, Naprerby Station acrylic on canvas 122 x 99.5 cm (overall: 122 x 99.5 x 3 cm) signed and titled verso, cat no. CPB51178

                Lawsons
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c1933 - 2002) Corroboree, Naprerby Station acrylic on canvas 122 x 99.5 cm (stretched and ready to han...
                Feb. 16, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c1933 - 2002) Corroboree, Naprerby Station acrylic on canvas 122 x 99.5 cm (stretched and ready to han...

                Est: $8,000 - $12,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c1933 - 2002) Corroboree, Naprerby Station acrylic on canvas 122 x 99.5 cm (stretched and ready to hang) signed and titled verso, cat no. CPB51178

                Lawsons
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (American, 1932-2002) Dingo Dreaming Oil on canvas
                Feb. 09, 2023

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (American, 1932-2002) Dingo Dreaming Oil on canvas

                Est: $3,000 - $5,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (American, 1932-2002) Dingo Dreaming Oil on canvas 50-1/2 x 28 inches (128.3 x 71.1 cm) Signed on the reverse: Clifford Possum PROVENANCE: Aboriginals Art of The First Person; Acquired from the above by the current owner, December 18, 1992. HID01801242017

                Heritage Auctions
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c. 1932 - 2002) "Worm Dreaming Napperby"
                Jan. 04, 2023

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c. 1932 - 2002) "Worm Dreaming Napperby"

                Est: $2,000 - $4,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c. 1932 - 2002) "Worm Dreaming Napperby" Acrylic on canvas.Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.Artwork is framed and ready to hang.50cm x 110cm

                Ozbid Auctions
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c1933 - 2002) Corroboree, Naprerby Station acrylic on canvas 122 x 99.5 cm (stretched and ready to han...
                Dec. 15, 2022

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c1933 - 2002) Corroboree, Naprerby Station acrylic on canvas 122 x 99.5 cm (stretched and ready to han...

                Est: $8,000 - $12,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c1933 - 2002) Corroboree, Naprerby Station acrylic on canvas 122 x 99.5 cm (stretched and ready to hang) signed and titled verso, cat no. CPB51178

                Lawsons
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002) Rêve de femme acrilico su tela 99.
                Dec. 05, 2022

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002) Rêve de femme acrilico su tela 99.

                Est: €8,000 - €12,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002) Rêve de femme acrilico su tela 99.7 x 76.2 cm.

                Christie's
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (AUSTRALIAN, 1932-2002)
                Nov. 19, 2022

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (AUSTRALIAN, 1932-2002)

                Est: $8,000 - $14,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Aboriginal Australian (Anmatyerre), 1932-2002 Perentie Dreaming, c. 1986 Acrylic on canvas Signed in graphite to verso, unframed. Lot includes the original bill of sale from Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, 1990 and two photographs of the artist holding the painting. 106.29 x 50.39 in. (270 x 128 cm.) Additional documents supplied by Central Australian Artifacts discuss this series: This dreaming series work tells the story of Clifford and his Father looking for a large male pyrantie or goanna lizard. The two concentric circles represent the main waterholes at Napperby station. These two waterholes are owned by a large male pyrantie. Clifford and his father are (u) shaped and they wait at the waterholes to trap the pyrantie. Coolamons (o) with white and black ocre are used to make the traditional mens' body designs. Star-like markings (?) represent large clumps of spinafex grass that are used by the men as landmarks to aid in hunting. The dot colors represent the parts of the landscape: Red/pink dots: sands Brown dots: rocks Yellow dots: Spinafex grass Blue/grey dots: mountains.

                Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (1932 - 2002) "Worm Dreaming"
                Nov. 08, 2022

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (1932 - 2002) "Worm Dreaming"

                Est: $7,000 - $10,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (1932 - 2002) "Worm Dreaming" Acrylic on linen.Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.Artwork is framed and ready to hang.93cm x 130cm

                Ozbid Auctions
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (1933-2002), Napperby Dreaming 1994
                Oct. 16, 2022

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (1933-2002), Napperby Dreaming 1994

                Est: $15,000 - $20,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (1933-2002) Napperby Dreaming 1994 synthetic polymer paint on canvas inscribed verso: CLIFFORD POSSUM (twice) 94.05.18 A.G.O.D. cat. no. 3723 accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings 128 x 182.5cm PROVENANCE Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Melbourne Private collection, Melbourne © Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency, 2022

                Gibson's Auctions
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Untitled (Possum Dreaming), c.1971
                Oct. 11, 2022

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Untitled (Possum Dreaming), c.1971

                Est: $150,000 - $180,000

                This is believed to have been Clifford’s very first painting. His use of spatial configuration beyond the more conventional Papunya idiom of dots, circles and lines is in evidence. Human figures are seen kneeling down, ritual poles stand up, and a ground painting appears at an odd angle creating a three-dimensional sense. Radiating lines of parallel dotting emanate from the dance ground creating a radiant numinous atmosphere and focusing the eye on the central horizon. The sacred objects including churingas, boomerangs, spears, dance wands and shields surround the ceremonial participants and appear as if flying off like sparkles from a roman candle. On either side two massive churingas hold the image tightly in the manner of Albert Namatjira’s gum trees, adding weight to the edges of the painting, thereby drawing the viewer's eye into the painting’s centre. This inventiveness set Clifford on a creative path that stands apart from those of other Western and Central Desert artists who were less preoccupied than he with evoking a psychological mood in their art. In another first, Clifford incorporated the fine parallel venation as seen in the striated fluting on sacred and ceremonial objects into the background decorative infill in such a way as to create an emanating force field around the participants. *please note: this artwork is not permitted to leave Australia under The Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986

                Cooee Art
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Papunya (c.1932-2002), Untitled 1990, Acrylic on canvas
                Sep. 19, 2022

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Papunya (c.1932-2002), Untitled 1990, Acrylic on canvas

                Est: $6,000 - $9,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Papunya, (c.1932-2002) Untitled 1990 Acrylic on canvas Signed verso Daryl Bythman, Redback Aboriginal Gallery, Darwin, Catalogue no. DB480, verso

                Theodore Bruce
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (Um 1932 - Alice Springs 2002). Love Story.
                Sep. 17, 2022

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (Um 1932 - Alice Springs 2002). Love Story.

                Est: -

                Acrylic/canvas, 91 x 122 cm. On the reverse sign. and dat. Clifford Possum 1996. - Expertise: Certificate of Purchase by the Darwin Art Gallery from 12. October 1999. - Provenance: Darwin Art Gallery, 12. October 1999, since then in the possession of the same collectors. - Australian artist. Little is known about the artist's younger years. He lived and worked in the artist colony Papunya in the Australian desert. The traditional dot painting of the Aborigines also owed T. their international breakthrough. Today he is considered one of the most important Aboriginal artists. Lit.: Sydney, Canberra (Nat. Gall.)

                Auktionshaus Stahl
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Reference Book,
                Aug. 24, 2022

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Reference Book,

                Est: $60 - $80

                by Vivien Johnson, a beautiful account of the life and work of renowned Indigenous artist Clifford Possum

                Aalders Auctions
              • CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI - NAPPERBY SOAKAGE 1995 - Acrylic on linen
                Aug. 21, 2022

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI - NAPPERBY SOAKAGE 1995 - Acrylic on linen

                Est: $5,000 - $8,000

                CLIFFORD POSSUM TJAPALTJARRI (c.1932-2002) NAPPERBY SOAKAGE 1995 Aboriginal Galleries of Australia certificate of authenticity accompanies this work Acrylic on linen 121.5 x 82.5cm $5,000/8,000

                GFL Fine Art
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 1932-2002, "Love Story" Poster Print, Framed Poster Print, 25 x 33 1/2 in. (63.50 x 85.09 cm.)
                Jul. 29, 2022

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 1932-2002, "Love Story" Poster Print, Framed Poster Print, 25 x 33 1/2 in. (63.50 x 85.09 cm.)

                Est: $100 - $200

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri 1932-2002 "Love Story" Poster Print Framed Poster Print Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica

                Abell Auction
              • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 1932-2002, Love Story Dreaming, Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 53 x 39 3/4 in. (134.62 x 100.97 cm.)
                Jul. 29, 2022

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 1932-2002, Love Story Dreaming, Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 53 x 39 3/4 in. (134.62 x 100.97 cm.)

                Est: $6,000 - $8,000

                Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri 1932-2002 Love Story Dreaming Synthetic polymer paint on linen 1996; Jinta Desert Art, Sydney, cat. no. SN-2618; acquired in 1998; Richard Kelton Collection, Santa Monica

                Abell Auction
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