Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
1933 () - 21.06.2002 (Alice Springs)

Country: Northern Territory
Nationality: Australian
Language group: Anmatyerre


biography

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri is one of the most renowned contemporary Aboriginal artists and one of the most famous Western Desert artists.

Thus his work is highly sought after. He grew up in the bush around Jay Creek working at several stations as a stockman.

He was an expert wood-carver and took up painting long before Papunya Tula, the school of dot painting, was established by schoolteacher Geoffrey Bordon. 

It was his brother, Tim Laura, who encouraged him to paint with the Geoffrey Bardon group of painting men during the 70's, after joining this group of dot and circle painters

Clifford quickly distinguished himself as one of the most talented members. 

His works have an unrivalled complexity and are often very large. 

Later he was employed as a teacher at Papunya. He taught woodcarving and was the chairman of Papunya Tula Artists in the early 80's

Clifford's career was ground-breaking as he was amongst a few indigenous Australian artists to be recognized by the international art world trailblazing for future generations and bridging the gap between Aboriginal art and contemporary Australian art.


literature

Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald 1991, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, USA. 
Bardon, G., 1979, Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert, Rigby, Adelaide. (C) 
Bardon, G., 1991, Papunya Tula Art of the Western Desert, McPhee Gribble, Ringwood, Victoria. (C) 
Berndt, R. M. and Berndt, C. H. with Stanton, J., 1982, Aboriginal Australian Art, a Visual Perspective, Methuen Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney. 
Brody, A., 1985, The face of the centre: Papunya Tula Paintings 1971-1984, NGV, Melbourne. 
Caruana, W. (ed.), 1989, Windows on the Dreaming, Ellsyd Press, Sydney. (C)
Caruana, W., 1993, Aboriginal Art, Thames and Hudson, London. (C)
Chanin, E., 1990, (ed.), Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman House, Roseville, NSW, Australia.
Cooper, C., Morphy, H., Mulvaney, D.J. and Petersen, N., 1981, Aboriginal Australia, Australian Gallery Directors Council, Sydney. (C)
Crossman, S. and Barou, J-P. (eds), 1990, L'ete Australien a Montpellier: 100 Chefs d'Oevre de la Peinture Australienne, Musee Fabre, Montpellier, France. (C)
Crumlin, R., (ed.), 1991, Aboriginal Art and Spirituality, Collins Dove, North Blackburn, Victoria. (C)
Crocker, A. (ed.), 1981, Mr Sandman Bring Me a Dream, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, Alice Springs and Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd, Sydney. (C)
Diggins, L. (ed.), 1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, exhib. cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, Victoria.
Duerden, D., 1990, 'Clifford Possum in London', Art Monthly, August 1990, No. 33, P. 12
Isaacs, J., 1984, Australia's Living Heritage, Arts of the Dreaming, Lansdowne Press, Sydney. (C)
Isaacs, J., 1989, Australian Aboriginal Paintings, Weldon Publishing, New South Wales.
Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales.
Johnson, V., 1994, The Art of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Gordon and Breach Arts International limited, Craftsman House, East Roseville, NSW.
Johnson, V., 1995, 'Is there a gender issue in Aboriginal art?', Art & Australia, Vol. 32, No. 3.
Works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, exhib. cat. (conceived and designed by Bernard Luthi in collaboration with Gary Lee),
Dumont, Buchverlag, Koln. (C)
Neale, M., 1994, Yiribana, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. (C)
Maughan, J., and Zimmer, J., (eds), 1986, Dot and Circle, a Retrospective Survey of the Aboriginal Acrylic Paintings of Central Australia, exhib. cat., Communication Services Unit, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne. (C)
McCulloch, A., & McCulloch, S., 1994, The Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd
Smith, B. with Smith T., 1991, Australian Painting 1788-1990, Oxford university Press, 3rd edition,
Sutton, P. (ed.), 1988, Dreamings: the Art of Aboriginal Australia, Viking, Ringwood, Victoria. (C)
1983, XVII Sao Paulo Biennale, exhib. cat.
1981, Australian Perspecta 1981, A Biennial Survey of Contemporary Australian Art, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. (C)
1988, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Paintings 1973-1986, exhib. cat., Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings Ltd., Perth.
1993, Tjukurrpa Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971-1993), exhib. cat., Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. (C)

Exhibitions

Individual Exhibitions:
1987, Paintings of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Avant Galleries, Melbourne 1988, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Paintings 1973-1986, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 1990, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
Group Exhibitions:
1974, Anvil Art Gallery, Albury, New South Wales, Australia.
1980, The Past and Present of the Australian Aborigine, Pacific Asia Museum, Los Angeles
1980, Papunya Tula, Macquarie University Library, Sydney.
1981-82, Aboriginal Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australian Museum, Queensland Art Gallery
1982, Perspecta (with Tim Leura), Sydney.
1983, XVII Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.
1984, Painters of the Western Desert: Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Paddy Carroll Tjungurrayi and Uta Uta Tjangala, Adelaide Arts festival
1984, Aboriginal Art, an Exhibition Presented by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra
1985, Dot and Circle, a retrospective survey of the Aboriginal acrylic paintings of Central Australia, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1985, The Face of the Centre: Papunya Tula Paintings
1971-1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
1987, Circle Path Meander, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1987, Aboriginal Art from the Central Desert and Northern Arnhem Land, Community Arts Centre, Brisbane
1988, Dreamings, the art of Aboriginal Australia, The Asia Society Galleries, New York. 
1988, The Fifth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art Westpac Gallery, Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney [through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art] 
1989, Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1989, Papunya Tula: Contemporary Paintings from Australia's Western Desert, John Weber Gallery, New York, 
1990, l'ete Australien a' Montpellier, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpellier, France.
1990, Songlines, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Center for the Arts, United States of America
1991, Aboriginal Art and Spirituality, High Court, Canberra
1991, Alice to Penzance, The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
1991, Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, USA
1991, Canvas and Bark, South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
1992, Crossroads-Towards a New Reality, Aboriginal Art from Australia National Museums of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo
1993, Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971-1993), Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA
1993/4, ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring: Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
1994, Dreamings - Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert; The Donald Kahn collection, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
1994, Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria.
1994, Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
 

collections

Artbank, Sydney.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.
Broken Hill Art Gallery.
Donald Kahn collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Pacific Asia Museum, Los Angeles.
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra.
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.

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