Carla Uriarte: Illustrator: Sydney

” When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a sort of “get acquainted” period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well. ” Jackson Pollock, quoted by Frank O’Hara

Name: Carla Uriarte
Occupation: Illustrator
Hometown: San Francisco
Current Location: Sydney

Carla Uriarte grew up in San Francisco. The half Filipino, half Spanish illustrator moved to Spain when she was just 18 to study editorial illustration and lived there for 5 years before moving to Sydney to complete her studies at the Enmore Design Center in graphic illustration.

Carla has always been inspired and drawn towards art and illustration. There was that one defined moment, when she lived in Spain where her friends would see Carla drawing all the time and they encouraged her to persue her passion as a career.

Carla’s blog www.carlauriarte.com is a nostalgic memoir to the creations she as made to remember all the amazing work she has done. Not only does is feature her art and illustrations but her poetry and thoughts, a kinda mental regurgitation of thought if you will. She freelance’s for Vice.com and her blog is pat of the Vice Blogging Network.

Now that Carla has finished her studies, she is pushing forward to make a career from her hobby and passion.

When I was a child I wanted to be… Lisa Leslie from the LA sparks

The studies I took to get where I am… Were boring but through it I transformed into a sparkling star ( Editorial illustration / graphic illustration and design )

Before I pursued full time art I worked as… a very dangerous bartender

I’m inspired by… General passion and intimate chats

People I admire… Dont say no and do do do

The tools I can’t live without are… Basic manners

I’m currently listening too… Caribou’s youtube playlist of 1000 songs

The obstacles that have come my way… Mostly hangovers

My favourite place in the world… Madrid, Spain – Malasaña

I would like to travel… back in time to see me at 7 because hahahaha

The highlights over the past 12 months have been… Finishing school and starting my career as a real professional.

The latest project I’m working on… A collection of Cats doing kamasutra moves while expressing boredom.

Advice I have to share for those who want to get into this profession… Be comfortable with spending time inside your head.

Photography by: Katie Kaars

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