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Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri AO

1933 – 2002

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri AO (1933-2002) was a pioneer of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement that emerged at the Papunya settlement in Central Australia. A member of the Anmatyerre tribe, he was born on Napperby Station near Alice Springs. While working as a stockman, he developed an extensive knowledge of the Dreaming trails and sites that crisscross the McDonnell Ranges. This later informed a series of large 'map paintings' in which he portrayed these trails as deeds of title to his ancestral land. A retrospective in London in 1988 and his first solo exhibition - also in London - in 1990 generated critical acclaim in Europe and North America. Toward the end of his life Tjapaltjarri was widely considered to be one of Australia's finest painters.

Updated 2018
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