JOHN SMITH GUMBULA

Aboriginal artist

 Language group: Wakka Wakka

(Queensland)

ABOUT JOHN


John is a multi-award winner, former "QEII Silver Jubilee Queens Trust Awardee for young Australians", and proud descendant of the Wakka Wakka people of Queensland - Australia, passionately involved in diverse innovative artistic mediums spanning over 25+ years. He is an adopted son and family member of the traditional Yolngu People of Galiwinku-Elcho Island N.T. Wakka Wakka First Nations, extend over some 4,100 square miles of the State of Queensland. The language of Wakka Wakka belongs to the Waka - Kabic branch of the Pama-Nyungan Languages.


John's unique creative journey and experience in working on contemporary Indigenous artworks highlights his passion to portray the rich earthy tones and vibrant colours of his country and culture. Inspired by his family, he respectfully preserves his art and culture and acknowledges the traditional custodians of Australia, recognising their ancient cultural connection to country, land and water, communities, and pays respect to the Indigenous elders, past, present and emerging.

ARTWORKS


John has teamed up with Life Apparel Co to create product specific, editioned artworks.

He is currently represented with three designs in our retail collection.

OUR COUNTRY, MOTHER EATH

Acrylic on canvas

2018

The native animals of Australia have an important spiritual connection to our people and country. In Ancient times, Aboriginal people across Australia passed down the sacred creation stories of our Mother: the land.All living things are shared through dance, song, the arts and ceremonies of traditional lore. Raw pigments, ochres, and indigenous materials were used by our ancestors in creating the traditional art that we proudly have today in our communities.

THE COLLECTION

Our Country eco coffee cup
Our Country kids' shorts

GAPU - SACRED FLOW OF LIFE

Acrylic on canvas

2018

This artwork depicts John's contemporary Aboriginal art expressions of Gapu (water), which is one of the many sacred elements that brings life to the sacred places of country.Across our sacred lands to the North, East, South and Western Indigenous people’s birth place, the billabongs, springs, rivers, creeks, streams, oceans and all waterways are seen to provide precious life over 60 000 years.  

THE COLLECTION

Gapu kids' swimming brief
Gapu swimming brief
Gapu shorts


Life Apparel Co is a proud advocate and member of the Indigenous Art Code. We closely collaborate with and commission Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. All Indigenous artworks that feature on the products are 100% authentic