Simon O'Carrigan

Simon O'Carrigan

Simon O’Carrigan is an award-winning illustrator from Melbourne, known for his loose and confident artwork.

Simon works with many mediums but ink is his enduring favourite. His work in all mediums (even when finished digitally) retains a lively hand-made feel. Simon works as a freelance illustrator from his studio in Collingwood, Melbourne.  

His commercial work, despite mostly being made with traditional media, has been designed for a staggering variety of final uses. Recent career highlights include:

  • Illustrating a carefully researched picture book that explores the artwork made by Australian soldiers and citizens during World War One

  • Receiving a major commission to design an 8x3m interactive mural in collaboration with New York based experience designers Local Projects

  • Winning silver in the Illustrators’ Australia awards, and

  • Being offered an Award Mentorship through the Australian Society of Authors to develop new work

Clients include:

  • Design Agencies

    • Local Projects

    • Oh Yeah Wow

    • Plot Media

    • Saneia Norton Design Communication

  • Institutions & Governmental Bodies

    • Sydney Living Museums

    • Yarra Libraries

    • IGEM (Inspector General for Emergency Management)

  • Commercial and Editorial Projects

    • Caffé Bartolo

    • DARTA (Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia)

    • Sketch Group

  • Publishing Houses & Magazines

    • Omnibus/Scholastic Australia

    • Penguin Random House

    • 100 Story Building

    • BirdLife Australia

    • School Magazine

    • Ford Street Publishing


Trained at the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University School of Art, Simon’s personal work has been exhibited widely and regularly since 2006, including oil and watercolour painting, hand-drawn animation, and more experimental exhibitions (such as building crystal set radios from junk; or making paintings based on magnified details of dollar-bin LPs). His personal work has won him grants from The City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts).

Since 2006, he has staged over thirty solo exhibitions, screened animated films in a number of festivals, and been invited on to the judging panel for the Melbourne International Animation Festival. His exhibitions, for many years, explored the ways we communicate (or fail to), but now that visual communication is his day job, his personal work proceeds to become more experimental to test new ways of working.

Outside personal and commercial work, he undertakes frequent private commissions (most often being ink & watercolour house portraits), tutors young artists, and teaches ink drawing workshops.

—January 2020

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