1978 Diploma Visual Communication Wellington Polytechnic, School of Design, NZ (3 years of study, now known as School of Design, Massey University)
1981 BA Victoria University, Wellington NZ (1st year completed)
1984 Postgraduate Printmaking/Drawing, City Art Institute, Sydney, Australia.
1988 Postgraduate Diploma in Adult & Technical Education, UTS, Sydney, Australia
2005 Certificate IV in Work Place Training, Sydney Institute TAFE.
2011 Master of Fine Arts, (Research) College of Fine Arts, University of NSW (in situ)
1979-80 Illustrator/animator/graphic designer, Television New Zealand.
1981-92 Freelance children’s book author/illustrator
1986-90 Teacher of Graphic Design & Illustration, Randwick TAFE, Syd.
1991-92 Lecturer in Graphic Design & Illustration, University of Western Sydney.
1993- Head Teacher Entertainment, Design & Illustration (EDi) Design Centre, Enmore, Sydney Institute TAFE.
Selected Group Exhibitions (since 1985)
1985 Noma Concours Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan.
1986 Biennale of Illustrations Bratislavia, Czechoslovakia.
1988 ‘200 years of Australian Children’s Book Illustration’ Bologna, Italy, Paris, France & the V&A Museum, London, UK.
1988 Seasons Gallery, North Sydney, Australia.
1990 Illustrators Gallery, Books Illustrated, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1990 State Library of NSW and Regional Galleries, NSW Society of Book Illustrators Contemporary Book Illustration.
1990 The Museum Of Childhood, Juniper Hall, Paddington, Sydney, Nursery Rhyme Exhibition.
1990 Seasons Gallery, North Sydney, Australia.
1990 International Expose of Children’s Book Illustration (IV PREMI INTERNACIONAL CATALONIA D’ ILLUSTRACIO) Barcelona, Spain.
1990 Bologna Book Fair Illustration Exhibition, Bologna, Italy.
1991 Pompidou Centre, Paris France,
(IV PREMI INTERNACIONAL CATALONIA D’ ILLUSTRACIO)
1991 Dromkeen, Australian Centre for Children’s Book Illustration, Victoria.
1991 Biennale of Illustrations Bratislavia, Czechoslovakia.
1991 Illustrators Gallery, Books Illustrated, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1991 Dubbo Regional Gallery, NSW.
1994 Espace Alliance, Sydney,’ French Fables Downunder, la Fontaine Revisited’
2003 Australian Centre for Photography ACP Staring in the Dark, ‘The Club project’, Jordan/McRae.
2005 Australian Centre for Photography ACP
Red Eyes and Sticky Fingers.
2006 Traveling Blake Prize 05. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, April/May, Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery,
June/July, New England Regional Art Gallery,
September/October, Albury Regional Art Gallery. December/January 07
2007 Traveling Blake Prize 06. Delmar Trinity Gallery, Sydney, Jan-Feb. Port Macquarie Gallery, April-May. Grafton Regional Gallery, May-July. Toowoomba Regional Gallery,
2008 TAP Gallery, Real Refuses Exhibition.
2008 Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Galleries Sydney, Sculpture 2008 Show.
2008 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia 18 Oct – 02 Nov.
2009 Global Gallery Paddington, Sculpture Exhibition, 2009, Sydney.
2010 The Sculptors Society Towers Exhibition, Chiefly Tower & Governor Philip Tower, Sydney City, May 3-21.
2010 Sculpture Now !?!, Contemporary Sculptors Association, Darlinghurst, ‘Heart of the Matter’ November 16 –December 11.
2010 King Street Gallery, Australia 18 Oct – 02 Nov.
2011 The Art in Windows Project, Happy Fathers Day exhibited at Velluto Champagne & Wine Bar, Potts Point, Sydney.
2011 The Newcastle University Gallery, Newcastle, Artist in Residence (AIR) Taronga Zoo show 20 July – 06 Aug.
2011 Byron Kennedy Hall, Moore Park, Sydney Artist in Residence (AIR) Taronga Zoo show and auction, 19 Aug -21 Aug.
2011 Art and About, City of Sydney, Sydney’s Contested landscapes.
Customs House, Sept 23 – Oct 2
2011 LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria,Global BackyardExhibition. 22 Oct - 11 Dec.
2011 Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, Sydney, 2 Nov - 20 Nov.
2012 King Street Gallery, Darlinghurst, Animal show April.
2012 Gippsland Regional Gallery, Victoria, Art Safari, 28 July -23 Sept.
2012 Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, Sydney, The Tent of Wonders18 OCT - 06 Nov.
Awards / finalist
1977 Alfred George East Scholarship
1981 Study Grant to the UK, Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand, Study.
1983 Finalist NZ Children’s Book Awards for ‘The Terrible Taniwha of Timber Ditch’
1984 Runner up for ‘The Terrible Taniwha of Timber Ditch’. NOMA CONCOURS International Book Awards, Sponsored by the Asian Cultural Centre for UNESCO
1989 High Commendation Best Design Book Awards, Leipzig Book Fair, East Germany, for ‘Its Raining Cats & Dogs’.
1989 High Commendation Munich Youth Council, West Germany, for ‘Who Killed Cockatoo?’
1990 High CommendationMunich Youth Council, West Germany, for ‘Aesop’s Fables’
1992 Certificate of Honour for Illustration, International Board on Books for Young People, Berlin, Germany, for Aesops Fables.
1999 Award for Teaching Excellence. Sydney Institute, TAFE.
1999 Teacher of the Year Award NSW Department of Education & Training.
2005 Selected for Blake Prize for Religious Art. . Sir Herman Black Gallery, Sydney University.
2006 Selected for Blake Prize for Religious Art. . National Art School Gallery.
2007 Selected for Wynne Prize for Australian landscape/ figurative sculpture,
Art Gallery of NSW.
2007 Selected for Fishers Ghost Art Award 07, Campbelltown Arts Centre.
2008 1st prize in Peoples Choice Award, Real Refuses’ Exhibition, TAP Gallery, April.
2009 Selected for Fishers Ghost Art Award 09 , Campbelltown Arts Centre.
2010 Selected for Wynne Prize , for Australian landscape/ figurative sculpture, April/May, Art Gallery of NSW.
2012 Selected for Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, May-June.
Selection of Books Published
1983 The Terrible Taniwha of Timber Ditch, Cowley/ McRae, Oxford University Press & Kidsarus II, Wellington, NZ.
1984 The Spider in the Shower, Mahey/McRae, Shortlands Publications, Auckland, NZ
1984 Why Doesn’t Anybody Like Me? McRae, Andersen Press, London, UK
1985 My Mother’s Kitchen, McRae, Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney, Australia.
1987 Raining Cats & Dogs, Wignel/McRae, Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney, Australia.
1987 Cockatoo Soup, Chapman/McRae, Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney, Australia.
1987 Brock & The Dragon, Klein/McRae, Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney, Australia.
1988 Who Killed Cockatoo?, Cawthorne/McRae, Margaret Hamilton Books, Sydney, Australia.
1989 Who Killed Cockatoo? Cawthorne/McRae, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, NY, USA.
1989 The Tale of Terrible Tracy, McRae, Margaret Hamilton Books, Sydney, Australia
1989 Crazy Alphabet, Cox/McRae, A&R Collins Publishers, Melbourne, Australia
1990 Aesop’s Fables, Trad/McRae, Margaret Hamilton Books, Sydney, Australia
1991 Dragon in the Garden Shed, McRae, Collins/Angus & Robertson, Sydney, Australia.
1991 Cry Me A River, McRae, Collins/Angus & Robertson, Sydney, Australia
1999 Camp Cove, Images of Sydney Men, McRae, GMP, UK
Articles / Interviews
1992 The Eastern Herald, SMH, Great show, don’t take auntie; by Michael Visontay p 16, Thurs, July 9
1994 Art Monthly, Queerography, p20, March edition.
1994 Artlink, Vol 14, no 3.Queerography, p46,
1998 Blue Magazine, ‘The Company of Men’, by Tracey Parry, p64 - 69 Issue no 15
1999 Blue Magazine, Heavenly Bodies by Alex Craig, p116 – 122, Issue no 19.
2002 Sydney Morning Herald, Front row at the theatres of sexuality, by Robert McFarlane, October 23, 2002, smh.com.au
2003 Sydney Morning Herald, Pose and Expose; by Peter Hill, June 21, 2003 smh.com.au
2008 Sydney Morning Herald, Avenue to Wonderland, by Tim Elliott, Spectrum Magazine, page 20 & 21, October 11-12
Sydney Morning Herald Insouciance by the Sea by John McDonald, Spectrum Magazine, page 18&19, October 25-2
ABC Television, Stateline Interview with Nigel Dempster, Friday 18th October.
ABC Radio National 704, Interview, Sunday Arts 20th October.
2009 Bottlesnikes and other Lost Things, A Celebration of Australian Illustrated Children's Books, Juliet O'Conor, P.17.
The Miegunyah Press & The State Library of Victoria
2010 Sydney Morning Herald, "With Cool Art", Keep in Touch, P.18, Monday 1st March.
2010 The Sculptors Society Bulletin, May - June, Front Cover and Interview page 2.
2010 Sculpture + the enemies. Issue 4, Quarterly No 3. Photo - inside cover, interview - page1.
2010 Sydney Morning Herald, ’Artist stuffs exhibition with beastly works that pull on the heart strings’ by Helen Pitt, Page 3. Friday NOV 12.
2010 Daily Telegraph, ‘Stuffed with a purpose’ by Elizabeth Fortescue. Page 23, Monday 15 NOV .
2011 Sydney Morning Herald, “Artists get their heads around animal instincts” by Helen Pitt, Page 3 , Feb 19
2011 National Nine News, 6pm edition, 28 APRIL on deliveries for the Archibald/Wynne /Sulman Prizes, Interviewer Peter Harvey.
2011 Kult Magazine. www.kult.com.sg
2011 Sydney Morning Herald, “The Wild Life” by Louise Schwartzkoff, Spectrum, Page 30, Sept 3.
2012 The Sculptors Society Bulletin, May – June, Front cover and review page 6.
2013 The Central Western Daily, Wunderkammer’s animal magnetism, Alan Sisley, 31 AUG 2013
2013 The Central Western Daily, , Much more than a taxidermy exhibition. Brenda Gray, 05 OCT 2013
2013 The Central Western Daily, Gallery visitors wonder at exhibition. Nicole Kuter, 07 OCT 2013
2013 The Central Western Daily, Almost 3000 people have come to see this in Orange… and it’s not a game of football. 12 OCT
2013 theaureview.com Arts Review Annual Exhibition COFA, Naomi Gall, 01 DEC 2013
Lou Rees Collection, State Library of NSW, National Library of Australia, National Archive NZ, Art Bank, Newcastle University new environment collection, private collections.