Born: c. 1932
Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Western Desert, Central Australia
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Men's Dreaming, Bushfire Dreaming
Clifford was born at Napperby Station, North West of Alice Springs to Tjatjiti Tjungurrayai and Long Rose Nangala. He lived a very traditional bush upbringing in his youth in the Jay Creek area and later became a stockman. He is from a family of artists, both his stepfather and brother having artwork displayed on Australian postage stamps. Another older brother, Cassidy, was also a painter and a respected elder in his community.
Clifford began his art career with wood carving and would carve snakes and goannas. When acrylic painting came to the Papunya area in the early 1970's, Clifford Possum emerged as one of the first artists to be involved in the Western Desert Art Movement.
Clifford passed away in June 2002 not long after being officially recognised for all his work and contribution to the Aboriginal Art and Culture in Australia. He was to be sworn in as an officer of the Order of Australia.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica USA
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
|2002||Medal of the Order of Australia|
|1988||Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Paintings 1973-1986, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London|
|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|
|1992||Crossroads - Towards a New Reality, Aboriginal Art from Australia, National Museums of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo|
|1994||Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne|
|1999||Good Vibrations - Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Pierre Garoia & Bianca Beetson, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane|