Carla McRae is a Melbourne-based illustrator. Her drawings pull together a blank space with clean lines, geometric shapes and strong colour. Always working to create clear, simplistic and honest images, Carla’s work depicts open narratives inspired by the beauty of everyday moments, small gestures and simple pleasures.
Carla’s love for drawing has been part of her for as long she can remember, starting as a child and following her throughout her studies in Graphic Design and Communication at the University of the Sunshine Coast. After graduating in 2011, her unfurling illustration practice drove her to Melbourne, where she has been working ever since.
From editorial, publishing, branding and apparel to large-scale mural projects and teaching programs, Carla has worked and collaborated with notable local and international clients, such as Sonos, Apple, Pentagram London, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Epworth Healthcare, Scape Student Living, Remedy Kombucha, Penguin Teen Aus, Air France Magazine, Frankie Magazine, City of Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Smith Street Books, Smudge Publishing, Oxfam, International Womens Development Agency.
Carla also worked as the creative director for Australian sock company Odd Pears, designing socks, and giving the brand its distinctly design-y vibe from 2013 until 2017.
She has exhibited extensively throughout Australia in both solo and group exhibitions. Previous solo shows include: ‘Out of Bounds’ with Beci Orpin, Boom Gallery, Geelong, (2018); ‘Full Sun’, Boom Gallery, Geelong, (2017); ‘Still.’, Lamington Drive, Melbourne, (2016). Select group exhibitions include: ‘Potluck’, Hungry Workshop, Melbourne (2017); ‘Hideaway’, No Vacancy Project Space, Melbourne (2017); ‘Nestling’, Lamington Drive, Melbourne, (2016); ‘Think Pink’, Enough Space, Melbourne (2016); ‘Pencil Pushers’, Boom Gallery, Melbourne (2016); ‘Oneline’, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne (2016); ‘Stacks On’, No Vacancy Project Space, Melbourne (2016); ‘Shark Week’, Enough Space, Melbourne (2016); ‘Hi We’re New Here’, Enough Space, Melbourne (2015); ‘Golden’, Work-Shop (2015); ‘Not Yr Sweetheart’, The Print Bar, Brisbane (2015); ‘Ume no Yume’, Künstler, Brisbane (2015); ‘Versus’, No Comply, Toowoomba (2015); ‘Plants and Personal Memories’, MARS gallery, Toowoomba (2014).
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