Darren McCrae grew up in Broken Hill and achieved a trade certificate in painting and decorating and sign writing at the zinc corporation. He enjoyed a passion for sport and the arts and his mother Claire McCrae OAM was a highly commended Australian classical singer.
Darren began creating and painting at an early age and was inspired by now the famous “Brushman of the Bush”.
He enrolled in a year of TAFE classes conducted by Joyce Condon and enjoyed painting excursions with fellow artist. This was to be the beginning of a professional art career.
Darren studied art at the North Adelaide School of Art and the Adelaide Centre for the Arts. He received a Bachelor of Visual Art and Applied Design in 2000.
The McCrae Gallery has operated in the Barossa Valley for the past ten years, with Darren enjoying many local, national and international sales, both private and corporate. He has received commissions and promotional requests from SA Tourism, River Murray Tourism, Barossa Visitors Centre, Royal Flying Doctors, AFL, SANFL and Barossa Districts Football teams.
My paintings inspire my songs and my songs inspire my paintings. Australia and Australians are all inspiring. I love this place.
I’ve become an artist who makes music and fine art - that’s what drives me, that’s what I do, I’ve become a true artist “The Real Deal".