Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri "Two Jangala Brothers at Wariakalangu"
Size: 120 x 90 cms Code: DD10046, Year: 1999
Clifford Possum was born in 1932 on Napperby Station. He worked extensively as a stockman on the cattle stations in and around his traditional country. During this time he developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Dreaming Trails that criss-cross the area to the north of the western MacDonnell Ranges, which he depicts in painting his Dreamings. 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
National Gallery of Australia
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia