Isaiah Nagurrgurrba

Isaiah Nagurrgurrba

Skin name: Nabangardi
Language: Kunwinjku
Dreaming: Duwa
Clan: Bulurmo
Date of birth: 1969-02-01
Community: Oenpelli : NT



Isaiah is an artist and screen printer who has been working with Injalak Arts in Oenpelli since 1989. He is animated, a great raconteur and his sense of humor and style is evident in his paintings. Isaiah is involved in the ceremonial life of the community and takes his obligations to family and traditional culture very seriously. The artist’s country is Marlkawo which is south-east of Oenpelli and his major Djang (Dreaming) is Yawk Yawk or female water spirits. Isaiah was a senior supervisor of the Injalak’s Printmaking Department. Being a founding member of Injalak Arts and Crafts, thirty years ago, Isaiah attributes much of his formal training to renowned printmaker Ray Young.

Group exhibitions

  • 2015 Wearables, Tactile Arts Gallery, Darwin
  • 2013 Wurrkabal, Netanya Resort, Noosa QLD
  • 2008 Sex Spirits & Sorcery, Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2007 Lines & Ochre, Ochre Gallery Melbourne VIC
  • 2007 The Injalak Hill Suite, Abiriginal & Pacific Art Gallery Danks St,Sydney NSW
  • 2006 Paper, Bark, Canvas & Twine, Dickerson Gallery Melbourne, Vic
  • 2006 The 2nd Peter Baillie Aquisitive Award, Flinders University Adelaide S.A.
  • 2006 24th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT Darwin, NT
  • 2005 Art from the Stone country, Dec, Darwin NT
  • 2003 ArtMob Hobart Tasmania
  • 2002 Australian Conservation Foundation
  • 2002 Art-rium Graz Austria
  • 2002 Ausralian Embassy Paris
  • 1998 From Bush to City, Hogarth Gallerise. Sydney
  • 1998 Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards, Darwin- finalist
  • 1998 Desert Designs Japingka Gallery, Perth WA
  • 1994 Indigenart Perth WA


  • 2008 Darwin Airport Mural, 2008
  • Jumbana Balarinj- Yijan artist licensing agreement. ( Ongoing ), 2008
  • 1996 AAT Kings - design painted on tour bus for Germany, 1996
  • 1995 AAT kings- Licensed design painted on tour bus for Australia, 1995