Michael Nelson Jagamarra History and Collections


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2022 Irrititja Kuwarri Tjungu | Past & Present Together: 50 Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Part 2, Kluge-Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA, USA
2016 Yam Wall, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2012 Red Desert Dreamings Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Lightning Man, FireWorks Gallery Brisbane
2010 Summer Storms, FireWorks Gallery Brisbane
2008 MICHAEL NELSON JAGAMARA: from the studio, Fireworks Gallery,
2006 Michael Jagamara: Stone Knife Arrangements, Fireworks Gallery
2006 Lines + Signs, Artstation Kollmitzberg, Austria
2002 MNJ & Campfire Group, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide City Hall
2002 A Foot in Two Worlds, Kuko Dreaming, Kollmitzberg, Austria
2000 Some Other Way: Michael Nelson Jagamarra and Campfire Group, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2000 Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
1999 Without the Story, the Painting Is Nothing, Brisbane City Gallery
1999 New Expressions, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
1999 New Work, Desart Gallery, Sydney
1998 Michael Nelson Jagamarra (a preview), Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
1997 Nine Dreamings from Mount Singleton, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
1993 Many Stories, Utopia Art, Sydney
1990 Michael Nelson Jagamara, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1989 Michael Nelson Jagamara, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2022 Irrititja Kuwarri Tjungu | Past & Present Together: 50 Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Part 2, Kluge-Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA, USA
2022 Connection, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
2021 Papunya Tula: 50 years 1971-2021, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney
2021 Body Line, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2020 Spring, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2020 Stockroom Strays, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2020 Blue July, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2019 Matches 7: Michael Nelson Jagamara - A Shared Space, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2019 Large Showroom; Large Works, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2019 Matches 6: Three clusters, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2019 Small Mercies, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2017 Weather Patterns II, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2017 Along the Lines, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2002 Twenty-five years and beyond: Papunya Tula Painting, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2002 Galerie Commines, Paris
2002 Australian Embassy, Paris
2001 Icons of Australian Aboriginal Art, Singapore
2000 Landmarks, Powerhouse Museum, Brisbane, Darr Indigenous Festival
1999 My Dreaming, Redrock Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Twenty-Five Years & Beyond: Papunya Tula Painting Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
1999 Indigenous art of the Dreamtime, Foyer of the United Nations Building, New York
1998 Powerful Medicine Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
1998 4th National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, Art of Place, Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra
1996 Dreamings of the Desert - Aboriginal Dot Painting of the Western Desert, AGSA
1993-1994 ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring: Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London: Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
1993 Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971 - 1993), Art Gallery of WA, Perth
1993 Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Kung Gubunga Oasis Gallery, Broadbeach, QLD
1992 Crossroads - Towards a New Reality, Aboriginal Art from Australia, National Museums of Modern Art, Koyoto and Tokyo
1992 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1991 The Painted Dream: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings from the Tim and Vivien Johnson Collection, Auckland City Art Gallery and Te Whare o Aoteroa National Art Gallery, New Zealand
1991 Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1991 Alice to Penzance, The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
1991 Aboriginal Art and Spirituality, High Court, Canberra
1990 National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome
1990 Balance 1990: Views, Visions, Influences, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
1989 Windows on the Dreaming, Australian National Gallery, Canberra
1989 Papunya Tula: Contemporary Paintings from Australia's Western Desert, John Weber Gallery, New York
1989 Centro Cultural Arte Contemporeano, Mexico City, Mexico
1989 Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne; Design Warehouse, Sydney (through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art)
1988 Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia, The Asia Society Galleries, New York
1987 State of the Art: Ideas & Images of the 1980's, Institute of Contemporary Art, London.
1987 Papunya Tula: 1982-1983, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1986 The Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
1986 Roar Studios, Melbourne
1985 The Face of the Centre: Papunya Tula Paintings 1971-1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1984 The First National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
1984 Papunya and Beyond, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

Awards and Recognition

2022 Connection | Songlines from Australia's First Peoples in a spectacular immersive experience, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
2008 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney - Finalist
1994 Fellowship from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council.
1993 Order of Australia Medal for services to Aboriginal art
1987 4th NATSIAA - Finalist
1984 1st NATSIAA - Finalist and Winner First Prize


  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
  • Australian Museum, Sydney
  • Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
  • Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
  • The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
  • Artbank, Sydney
  • BMW Art Car Project, USA
  • Broken Hill Art Gallery, Brokern Hill
  • Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
  • Opera House, Sydney
  • The Kelton Collection, Santa Monica, USA
  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne