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 then Bangarra Head of Design through February 2023.
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 is also the Production Designer and Creature Designer for Cleverman, the Production Designer for Stephen Page’s 2015 film Spear, and has been the Design Director for Bangarra’s Vivid Sydney video installations.
His other theatre credits include Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Yibiyung and Ruben Guthrie (Belvoir); Macbeth (Bell Shakespeare); The Removalists, Tusk Tusk, and Like a Fishbone (Sydney Theatre Company), and Black Ties (Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre).