Jagera and Turrbal Country

Artworks are first available for purchase in-person at the Recovered Futures Art Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artwork will be available for purchase online following the event.

Jagera and Turrbal Country

John Smith Gumbula
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Hahnemuhle paper 100% cotton and natural Japanese black pigments
70cm x 70cm
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A force of nature, John Smith Gumbula is a proud descendant of the Wakka Wakka | Gurang Gurang First Nations people from Queensland, Australia. For 30 years, he has been heavily involved in promoting Indigenous art and culture in Australia and on the world stage. John is passionate about keeping the culture strong and alive, spiritually connecting him to country.

John Smith Gumbula acknowledges the Jagera and the Turrbul peoples who are the Traditional Custodians and stewards of these sacred lands and recognises their ongoing connection to the land, freshwater/saltwater waters, and community connections. We pay our respects to the First Australians, and their Elders past, present, and emerging.

Historical records show and identify numerous tribal languages spoken across the area we now know as the greater Brisbane region. In the region of the Brisbane CBD, records indicate the Yuggera language was spoken by the Turrbul and Jagera people.

This detailed intricate artwork, created by John Smith Gumbula, is his interpretation. It depicts, in Japanese ink, cultural common creation, drawing the Indigenous locations, representing communities, water, land, flora, and fauna that lived all along the Rivers, out into Qaundamooka, and surrounding Brisbane region which provided for the Jagera and Turrbul peoples’ livelihoods and traditional freshwater/saltwater life.

'Keeping culture strong and alive for future generations, respecting each other, and love for country.'