Stuart McLachlan began his career as an illustrator in Adelaide, Australia after completing a degree in Illustration and Graphic Design. His illustration has allowed him to live and work in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and now Sydney. His work has been published globally, winning many awards in the advertising field and has appeared in magazines such as The Economist, The New Yorker and Newsweek.
Although active in the world of illustration, in the last few years McLachlan has shifted his attention towards a new technique of paper styling using cut paper to create images and art objects for the art, fashion editorial and advertising areas. These hand made pieces have been used extensively on the fashion runway and have been published in Vogue, Karen magazine, on book covers, posters, editorial and commissioned art. He constantly searches for alternative ways to express his art whether it be large scale window displays, installations, paper couture, film or pure art work.
"Paper is a medium without boundaries, it can be molded, formed and cut into almost any form imaginable, I endeavour to push its physical boundaries and create imagery and art that is not expected from such a delicate structured material. The goal of art is to surprise and excite, to bring something new to the table.
Art is our universal language, one which all of us relate to in one way or another, be that sculpture, painting, film, music or even sport. The practice of 'hand making' my work is integral to what I do as I believe this is what fascinates people, they love rediscovering that it is still possible to create arresting objects and images by hand, and I get great joy from the challenge of bringing them to life."
Whether in the field of illustration or paper art, the desire to produce bold, iconic art is something that is always paramount to his works.
Clients include Singapore Airlines, Vogue, Colette Dinnigan, The French Film Festival Australia and MGM studios, Kraft, EOS, Harper Collins, Bulmers Cider, Devils Lair Winery, 3M, Cascade Brewery, Playstation and Marie Claire, Corona, Canadian Lambs Rum.