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Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 'Honey Ant Ceremony', 1972

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
Honey Ant Ceremony 1972
Elder Wing Centenary Gift of The Foundation 2001
Collection: Art Gallery of South Ausrtalia, Adelaide
© Estate of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
Courtesy of Aboriginal Artists Agency

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

7 August - 24 October 2004
Gallery 4

In the early 1970s at the remote settlement of Papunya in Central Australia, a local school teacher encouraged elders of the area to use board, canvas and paint to record their traditional stories and ceremonial designs. From this beginning emerged the Western Desert dot-painting movement ― one of the most important developments in Australian art.

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (c.1934-2002) was a pioneer and 'star' of this movement; a charismatic ambassador for his culture whose work revolutionised the way the art of Indigenous peoples was perceived worldwide. This major retrospective exhibition honours his contribution to Australian art, and features work from throughout the three decades of his career.

A full-colour catalogue is available from the Gallery Store.

An Art Gallery of South Australia travelling exhibition

National Tour Sponsor:

Visions of Australia ― the Commonwealth Government's program supporting touring exhibitions
Gordon Darling Foundation
Media Sponsor in Queensland: Network Ten