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Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri "Tingari at Wilkinkarra" 121 x 101 cms


Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri "Tingari at Wilkinkarra" 121 x 101 cms


Code: GUN818002 Acrylics on Canvas Size: 121 x 101cms.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Musee National des Arts Africains et Oceaniens, Paris
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica
Macquarie Group Collection, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Moree Plains Gallery, Moree
Griffith University Art Collection, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge
Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
The Luczo Family Collection, USA
Artbank, Sydney
Museo Sa Bassa Blanca, Mallorca, Spain
Corrigan Collection, Sydney

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Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri "Fire Dreaming" 187 x 110 cms


Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri "Fire Dreaming" 187 x 110 cms


Size:187 x 110 cms Code: TOAAC30661 Year: 1988 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. Other artists 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 (Dreaming). Posthumously, Tjapaltjarri's works have drawn increasing attention. The artist's majestic painting Warlugulong (previously bought by the Commonwealth Bank for just $1,200) was auctioned by Sotheby's on 24 July 2007. Pre-auction, the work was expected to make art history as the most expensive Aboriginal canvas at auction. The work had been tipped to fetch up to A$2.5 million, more than double the then-record for Aboriginal art at auction. The work, in fact, sold for $2.4 million purchased by the National Gallery of Australia.

The Royal Collection UK,
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Holmes à Court Collection
Kelton Foundation
National Gallery of Australia
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia


Gretel has written for many of the nation's major news publications, appeared on hundreds of TV and radio shows as a comic and commentator and, while a Good Will Ambassador for UNICEF, directed a documentary on AIDS orphans in Zambia, and CSA’s to broaden understanding of poverty in Bangladesh and unexploded ordinance in Laos.

Gretel’s skill as a communicator has made her a much sought after public speaker. She has just completed writing the novel My Daughter’s Wedding which will be published by Hachette in March 2021 and is currently working on the sequel while painting for her first art exhibition at Ninbella.

Ninbella Gallery

Ninbella hosts award-winning and highly collectable contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art from the Western and Central Desert regions. The gallery is also home to a collection of uber talented local Northern Rivers artists, mid-century Italian designer chandeliers, exquisite hand crafted seating and ethical cultural giftware. Fair Trade Member.


Grant Rasheed

"I have been fortunate and honoured to work with Australian Aboriginal Art, Artists and Communities for over fifteen years. Ninbella was originally established 10 years ago in the remote Flinders Ranges - outback South Australia, which is where I grew up on a sheep property. I spent over 22 years living in Europe, principally Italy with occasional forays into the UK & USA. Since 2017 I've been living in Bangalow in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Grateful to be on Bundjalung Country, where Ninbella continues to support the arts and artists from the Australian Eastern States as well as the Australian Central Desert.

(Photo courtesy of Gretel Killeen - taken by Nell Schofield)

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