5 minutes with Local Illustrator, Nic De Carlo

Nic De Carlo has called Byron home for the last five years. Inspired by conversations, his observations of the town and the “myriad of fascinating people who live in it,” Nic’s work is a playful interpretation of Byron’s signature charm and character. Saying that, “creative expression has always been the backdrop of my life,” Nic describes his approach to creating artwork as a “cathartic exercise” and an outlet. His watercolour and fine-liner illustrations epitomize his love for the “absurdities of every day life and the weirdness of people.”

“I find fascinating our modern day worries and how they can have so much influence on our behaviour and actions. These are the inspirations for my work.”

Emily. What do you think it is about Byron that draws in such an interesting and diverse crowd of characters?

Nic. I believe it is the carefree culture in which diversity and weirdness is celebrated, this originating from the hippie days that still have such a strong influence on the town and the people in it. 

Emily. I love the sort of comedic satirical social comment your that work makes on so many weird little novelties you find in everyday life. Can you tell me more about what has influenced this theme? 

Nic. I'm influenced by friends and family, the books and news I read and the films and comedy I watch (lots of satire), as well as artists I keenly follow. There are a few cartoonists that I have either followed for many years like Michael Leunig and Gary Larson and more recent ones such as Chris (Simpsons Artist) and Joan Cornellà. I gather a lot of inspiration from them. 

Emily. Have you got anything exciting planned for your art? I think you should write a book... 

Nic. I'm still building up a body of work but plan to do a little exhibition in the next few months. In the future I would love to make a coffee table book packed full of weirdos, haha! 

Emily. You've recently been "arting up" some surfboards. Can we expect to see some more of these in the future?

Nic. I'd love to do a few before summer. I've just  got to get my mates to offer up their boards, all of mine are already covered!


You can find more of Nic's art at @nicdecarlo