In 2020, Bryant commissioned artist, Arone Meeks - a Kuku Midgi man currently living in Cairns - to create a piece of bespoke artwork. The brief was simple: This signature arwork needed to symbolise Bryant's partnership approach of working hand in hand with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Arone took our brief and created something extraordinary.
Here's the story behind Arone's painting
Building Together: This work describes the location: The Great Barrier Reef to the right, showing both the inner reef and outer reef, the virgin rainforest to the left, and the only place in the world where these two natural forces of nature come to meet.
The internal design is a representation of the Bryant logo icon, reworked to take on the forms of windbreaks, humpies and traditional dwellings.
The boat above is that of an outrigger from the Torres Strait, and below an Aboriginal dugout canoe.
To the left of the icon, there are three figures, each one representing (from the top) the Torres Strait, Bryant and an Aboriginal figure with a feathered headdress. They are supported by a windbreak/dwelling shape and all have a hand attached to it, suggesting each has some input into the structure.
Arone Meeks was born in 1957. He is a Kuku Midigi man. Arone grew up in Yarrabah and El Arish, Mission Beach, Far North Queensland, although his country is the area around Laura, Cape York. He currently resides in Cairns.
Arone Meeks has had both a traditional and formal education, having been taught by his grandfather and other relatives before going to study at the City Art Institute in Sydney. He later returned to Queensland to study with various tribal elders, including those of the Lardil people of Mornington Island.
Meeks values this combination of training and experience; his work employs both traditional images and themes arising out of his concern with the issues of Land Rights, Sexuality, Cultural Values and Belonging to Place. A Founding Member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, he won an Australia Council Fellowship to study in Paris and went on to exhibit throughout Europe and North and South America.