Jack Nawilil

Jack  Nawilil


Jack is a senior artist at the community of Maningrida in East Arnhem.
He paints traditional patterns on Larrakitj (hollow logs) and bark.
Jack is an expert didgeridoo maker, songman, and musician.

Jack Nawilil, Namorroddo. Paperbark, bush string, natural pigments, beeswax, feathers, 185 x 8 x 8cm. Courtesy the artist and Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory.


Rembarrnga, Mayali




Maningrida : NT





Date of birth




Past Exhibitions


  • 2020
    RESILIENCE: The power of the past today - Maningrida, Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, BELGUIM
  • 2018
    From Coast to Escarpment: Spirit Worlds of Maningrida, Michael Reid, Sydney, NSW
  • 2016
    Owen Yalandja, Bob Burruwal, Jack Nawilil: New Yawkyawk Spirits and Sculptures, Annandale Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • 2012
    29th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
  • 2012
    First Life - Unwordly Encounters, Chan Contemporary art space, Darwin, NT
  • 2009
    Maningrida Group Show, Maningrida Arts & Culture Gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 2009
    Ochre - A Study in Materiality, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
  • 2008
    Palya Art at Mary Place, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW
  • 2006
    Bangu Yilbara: Works from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW
  • 2002
    Barks in the spotlight, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 1999
    My Country: Australische Aboriginal Kunst, Brandweer Kazerne, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1996
    Dreaming: Aboriginal Art from Australia, Galerie Kouwenhoven, Delft, Netherlands
  • 1996
    Maningrida Exhibition, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
  • 1994
    Gemaltes Land: Kunst der Aborigines aus Arnhem Land Australien, Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1994
    Maningrida Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW
  • 1989
    Masterpiece, Fine Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS
  • 1982
    Aboriginal Art at the Top, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT


  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
  • Aimee Proost private collection, Qld
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Maningrida Collection, Sydney, NSW
  • Walonia Aboriginal Art, Netherlands
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT