CV: Michael Retter OAM


  • 2011 Michael Retter & Scott Mitchell – collaborative exhibition at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, NSW
  • 2009 Michael Retter & Scott Mitchell – collaborative exhibition at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, NSW
  • 2003 ‘Something Special’ group exhibition for Bungendore Wood Works Gallery’s 20th Year Anniversary
  • 1997 Retter and Gifkins – collaborative exhibition at Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, NSW
  • 1994 Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle NSW Collectables Exhibition’
  • 1988 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney with Tony Bishop.
  • 1998 Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT with Laurie Oliver.
  • 1998 Narek Gallery, Cuppacumbalong, ACT with Roger Gifkins
  • 1987 Sydney Opera House - NSW Woodworkers Group Exhibition
  • 1985 Sydney Opera House - NSW Woodworkers Group Exhibition
  • 1984 Marquetry Society of America Exhibition, New York. Awarded Best in Show, named Marquetarian of the Year.


  • 1989 Order of Australia Medal (OAM)
  • ‘… for contributions to the art program of Australia’s New Parliament House, particularly in the field of Marquetry’.


  • Art Gallery of Western Australia – ‘Marquetry Screen’

Commissions and Special Projects

  • 2012 Private commissions
  • 2011 Private commissions
  • 2010 Private commissions… complete built-in wardrobes featuring Euc.caesia theme, Official Gift Governor General of Australia
  • 2009 Private commissions
  • 2008 Private commissions
  • 2007 Private commission set of six large pictures
  • 2006 Prime Minister’s 2006 Environment Award
  • 2005 14 panels for Musashi-murayama Hospital, Japan
  • 2005 Private commission USA – complete room of marquetry murals, Eucalyptus theme
  • 2004 Prime Minister’s 2004 Environment Award
  • 2003 Prime Minister’s 2003 Environment Award
  • 2002 Two wall panels 240 x 60cm for Hotel Brillante, Musashino, Saitama, Japan
  • 2002 Prime Minister’s Australia 2002 Environment Award
  • 2002 Australia’s Gift to Pope John Paul II on Prime Minister John Howard’s visit to The Vatican
  • 2001 Prime Minister’s Australia 2001 Environment Award
  • 2000 Prime Minister’s Australia 2000 Environment Award
  • 1999 Australian Government - Official Gift for the wedding of HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex
  • 1998 Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Canberra – wall of Eucalyptus panels
  • 1998 Australian Government - Official Gifts
  • 1997 Surf Life Saving Association of Australia Shield
  • 1997Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Canberra ACT- official gift for APEC meeting, Vancouver, Canada
  • 1996 Commission to design and create four panels each 240cm x 90cm for New Institute of Citizens Health & Welfare, Tochigi Prefecture 1996 Government, Utsunomiya City, Japan.
  • 1996 Wall of Marquetry, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Canberra ACT
  • 1995 Gift to the Prime Minister of Japan from Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating on official visit May 1995
  • 1994 Australian Government Official gifts to: National Assembly of Vietnam, Prime Minister Laos, Prime Minister Marshall Islands, Prime Minister 1994 Papua New Guinea, Prime Minister Ethiopia, Parliament of Turkey,
  • 1994 Gift pieces for H.I.H. Prince Katsura of Japan.
  • 1993 Stations of the Cross, 14 panels, for Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church, Emu Plains, NSW.
  • 1993 Solomon Islands Coat of Arms for 6metre Conference Table, Honiara, Solomon Islands.
  • 1992 Coat of Arms & Title for Chancery, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW.
  • 1992 Presentation panel for retiring Ambassador of Japan, Canberra ACT
  • 1992 Four private commissions for officials, Embassy of Japan, Canberra ACT
  • 1992 Marriott Hotel, Surfers Paradise, QLD, series of curved panels.
  • 1990 Private Commissions… Portrait in marquetry, Dining table (3.3m) with marquetry top, in collaboration with Romaldo Giurgola and Tony Bishop
  • 1985/88 Five Commissions for the Parliament House Construction Authority -
    Cabinet Room Ceiling, 20 Panels, 13 sq. m
    Cabinet ante-room, frieze panels, 56 pieces, 20 sq. m
    Foyer, 20 panels featuring Australian Flora.
    Speakers chair, House of Representatives.
    (Above commissions in collaboration with Tony Bishop, Senior Lecturer in Sculpture, SA School of Art, Adelaide)
    Australia Coat of Arms for lectern
  • 1975/85 Various private commissions including wall panels and portraits
  • 1975/85 Official Portrait of Tan Sri Rashdan Baba, Chancellor of the University of Malaya.