Jacob’s Mother’s country is in the Daly River region, west of Darwin. He grew up in Brisbane but has spent the last twenty years living in Sydney on Eora Land. His work crosses over between theatre, film, television, fine art and public art and he uses all these experiences to create iconic images that talk about Australian stories, people and Country from a First Nations' perspective.
Jacob graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Design Course in 2005.
In 2010, he designed the set for of earth & sky for Bangarra and received a Green Room Award for Best Design in Dance. He was appointed Artist-in-Residence at Bangarra the following year and is now Head of Design.
Jacob has designed sets for Bangarra’s annual productions since 2010, including Dark Emu, Bennelong, Patyegarang, lore, OUR land people stories, Terrain, Blak, and Warumuk – in the dark night.
Last year he was awarded a Helpmann Award for Best Scenic Design for his set design in Bennelong.
In 2019 for Sydney Festival, Jacob created the work ALWAYS, a large scale artwork that became the backdrop for The Vigil and The Wugulora Ceremony.
Jacob was also the Production Designer and Co Creature Designer for Cleverman Season 2; was the production designer for Stephen Page’s 2015 film SPEAR; and has been the Design Director for Bangarra’s past five Vivid Sydney video installations on the Harbour Bridge Pylon.
His other theatre credits include; Ruben Guthrie and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Yibiyung and Ruben Guthrie (Belvoir St Theatre); Macbeth (Bell Shakespeare); The Removalists,Tusk Tusk/Like a Fishbone (Sydney Theatre Company).