Tugulawa to Humbug Reach

Tugulawa to Humbug Reach by Debra Hood

Tugulawa (tuh-goo-la-wa) is an indigenous word, meaning ‘place of the heart’. It is believed to refer to the heart shaped bend in the Brisbane River surrounding our suburb or maybe the heart shaped parcel of land that makes up Bulimba and Balmoral.

This painting extends from Tugulawa on the right, through to Humbug Reach in the Brisbane River near New Farm Park and East Brisbane.

On the left side, there are 5 homes that were demolished or removed amid disputation to make way for the widening of Wynnum Rd in 2018. A traffic signal box (TSB) Debra painted and named “Heritage Mourning” sits near these houses. Completed in 2016, Debra was commenting on the destruction of the traditional essence of our inner city homes and so she painted the large Moreton Bay fig trees with black lace bands around their limbs, symbolising their selection for imminent destruction. Prophetically, 2 years later the view from this TSB was total annihilation of huge Mowbray Park trees and the Queenslanders that had graced Wynnum Rd for 100 years.

The painting also shows the ever changing city skyline, ferry stops and the Brisbane Powerhouse and Woolstores at Teneriffe.

$720.00$1,290.00 inc. GST


This reproduction is an open edition for sizes up to 40x60cm, and a limited run of 200 for sizes above 66x100cm.

Reproductions are made to order and are ready in approximately 10-14 days.

Reproductions are printed on American-made 350gsm IJP Pro Edition Canvas with archival Canon Lucia EX pigment Inks and varnished with UV-resistant Aquathane Laminate which keeps the artwork from fading for 100 years when displayed correctly.

Canvases are stretched by hand on environmentally friendly, Queensland-grown, Araucaria pine and come ready to hang. Alternatively, they can be purchased rolled (without stretching), which can then be shipped easily in a postage tube. 

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Limited Edition Giclee Reproduction on Canvas 660x1000mm Edition of 200, Unlimited Edition Giclee Reproduction on Canvas 400×600


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The team at Debra Hood Art acknowledges the Jagera and Turrbul peoples as traditional owners of the land the beautiful Meanjin/Brisbane city resides. We recognise their connection to land, wind, water and community and pay respects to elders, past, present and emerging. The Meanjin/Brisbane area has such a splendid abundance of nature, and we feel so lucky to be able to capture and share its beauty through art.

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