Zac Bennett-Brook is an Indigenous Australian of Torres Strait Islander descent. He was born and raised in Wollongong (Dharawal Country) with a strong connection to his people, his stories and his culture. While he has always practiced some form of art, it wasn’t until he completed university that Zachary Bennett-Brook committed to a life of making art full time. He is the founder of Saltwater Dreamtime, an art-based business selling his original works of art featuring his signature Aboriginal Dot Painting designs.
Aboriginal Art for Sale
Zac’s fresh take on Aboriginal Dot Painting sees his designs painted on surfboards and surfboard fins. Many of his clients purchase these surfboards with Aboriginal dot painting designs for their own use, while a number of other clients buy them to use in interior and exterior home design.
His unique Aboriginal Dot Painting design has also caught the eye of a number of hotel chains and councils who have commissioned Zac to complete a series of artworks and canvases. Zac’s work can now be found in a large number of hotel rooms in Accor and Novotel Hotels and Resorts, and in street art settings in the Woollongong CBD.
Aboriginal Dot Painting – Culture and the Ocean
Zac’s work is striking a cord around the world, as he merges his culture and his love of the ocean with accessible and contemporary design – a modern twist of Australian dot painting sharing stories from Aboriginal Dreamtime and interpreting Aboriginal symbols. He has been featured in a four-page spread in the Jetstar magazine, in Beachroad Magazine in Dubai, and on SBS News. A highlight for Zac recently was being awarded the title of Surfrider Ambassador – a lifelong dream.
Zac’s distinctive designs has encouraged other businesses to make contact with him for collaborative efforts. His designs have been walked down the runway at Australian Indigenous Fashion Week to great acclaim. One of his designs is etched into an iBark bamboo phone cover, and more recently, Zac was honoured to work with iconic Australian brand, Budgy Smugglers, to incorporate one of his designs on a pair of men’s swimwear.
Aboriginal Paintings on Unique Pod Furniture
Best of all, one of Zac’s designs now features on an Australian first – a unique pod cocoon, reminiscent of vintage 1970’s furniture, by Recycled Mats. These soft and cosy pods are unlike anything you’ve ever sat in before – it’s just like jumping into a cloud! Perfect for binge-watching your favourite tv series on Netflix, or a quiet spot to relax with a cup of tea or a glass of wine after a long day, these pod cocoons will soon be your favourite seat in the house. Be warned – one might not be enough.
Zac’s work, “The Coming Together” pattern, is featured on the outer fabric of the pod is a celebration of life on and in the ocean. If you are a fan of Zac’s circular designs, you’ll love this pod most of all.
Be one of the first people in Australia to own one of these unique and limited edition pods. Find the entire Pod Range here.
Recycled Mats is over the moon with this first collaboration with Zac, with a second collaboration piece soon to be released. Keep your eyes on Home Decor Australia to find out more soon.