Hi, I’m Zachary Bennett-Brook an award-winning artist, born in Wollongong Australia in 1990. Growing up in Wollongong (Dharawal Country), I have always been surrounded by the water and have always been involved with water-based activities. Being Torres Strait Islander, water has always played a vital role throughout my life. The ocean is ingrained within my cultural heritage and is often represented throughout many of my artworks and designs. In high school, I discovered my passion to paint the stories and artworks of my culture whilst combining both my surf and Indigenous cultures together. After exploring different mediums, I gained the confidence to develop my individual style and flair. My art has commonly been called unique and often an eye-catching perspective of contempoary Indigenous culture blended with surf culture, for all to enjoy.
The 3 circular designs on this deck are based loosely from meeting places and having them touching and interconnected symbolises family and friendship. The circular nature of each of theses circles flowing out also represents water flowing out and the effect of ripples in the ocean.