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In honour of NAIDOC week 2019 and this year's theme of Voice. Treaty. Truth. we're sharing portraits from our collection, celebrating the voices and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We pay our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people, who are the traditional custodians of the land on which the National Portrait Gallery stands. We acknowledge all First Nations elders: past, present and emerging. 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. Portrait: Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 2002 by Tim Johnson oil and polymer vinyl paint on canvas #CliffordPossumTjapaltjarri #TimJohnson #NAIDOC #NAIDOCweek #VoiceTreatyTruth #LetsWorkTogetherForASharedFuture #WorkTogether #SharedFuture #PortraitAu #NationalPortraitGallery #NPG

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