Beca's Brisbane office has unveiled a commissioned artwork by contemporary Indigenous artist Brooke Sutton - a proud Kalkadoon woman, from the emu foot province around the Mount Isa region in Northwest Queensland.
Brooke is a budding young artist and has a passion for painting, developing her creative style since the age of eight. With talent running through her family, Brooke is the younger sister of renowned Aboriginal artist Chern’ee Sutton.
At 17 years old, Brooke balances attending high school with commissioning and exhibiting her stunning artwork at prestigious venues such as the Pullman and Mercure Hotels, and for organisations like PHN Australian Government Department of Health and The Australian Defence Force.
Brooke has also been awarded the 2021 Bundaberg NAIDOC Week “Youth of the Year” Award and the winner of a National Art Competition for Nestle in 2019.
Brooke was approached by the Beca Queensland Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Team to commission an inspirational and incredibly beautiful art piece to be displayed at the Brisbane office. The asset is reflective of Brooke's own interpretation of Beca Brisbane's journey through her personal connection to Country, Culture, Language and Tradition.
121cm x 91cm
Medium – Acrylic and textured acrylic on canvas
Brooke kindly shared the meaning and symbolism behind the piece with us:
“In my painting, the pink community symbol in the top left corner represents Beca Brisbane and the U symbols represents all the people who work with and for Beca Brisbane. The aqua community symbol in the bottom right corner on the painting represents Beca New Zealand. The footprints connecting the two community symbols represents Beca’s origins in New Zealand and their journey to Australia.
The three smaller blue, aqua and peach community symbol represents Beca’s values of relationships, respect and opportunities, and the U symbols around them represents all the people of Beca who work to uphold these values. The eight different coloured circles along the right side of the painting represent Beca’s eight different sections within the organisation.
The footprints around the outside of the painting represents Beca’s journey to each of their locations throughout the world. The leaves, sand, mountains and ocean all represent the different environments where Beca is located around the world. The sun rays originating from the pink community symbol represents Beca’s work towards a brighter future and the kangaroo and emu footprints throughout the painting represents Beca always moving forwards and never backwards.”
Beca will continue to support First Nations Entrepreneurs, Businesses and Communities to increase connections, capacity, capability and confidence. The incredible artwork will be proudly displayed in our Meeanjin (Brisbane) office to create a culturally safe environment for Beca employees, visitors, and guests.
Follow the link here if you would like to read more about First Nations Artist, Brooke Sutton. You can also view Brooke's work on social media platforms Instagram and Facebook.