It’s no walk in the park to carve a creative career in your own country, never mind continent, but South African artist Conor Mccreedy appears to have been embraced by the USA, which is perfectly fitting for this twenty-five year old who has talent to burn. He has already made his mark, being the youngest artist to be invited to hold a solo exhibition, “Outliers”, in the National Arts Club, New York City. The Club’s president, Aldon James Junior, descibes this work as “exciting” and Conor as “the precocious, artist extraordinaire”.
My guess is that Conor’s success is partly based on a good dose of personality, combined with exceptional looks, as a quick google will tell you. His Twitter following alone exceeds 280,000, while YouTube videos feature not only his phenomenal painting, but also modeling, which he has done in the past for a top agency – after studying at the University of North Carolina on a golf scholarship.
Conor’s heart reverted to art, though, which is not surprising as his professor at Hilton College (where he attended high school in South Africa) wrote that “He is undoubtedly one of the most naturally talented individuals I have ever seen in my lifetime”. Conor later honed his skills at the Pratt School of Art & Design in New York, and has gone on to develop the brilliant “Mccreedy blue” pigment that characterizes much of his work. He has since been commissioned by the likes of Time Warner, who used his painting for the backdrop of the Tribeca Film Festivals of 2010 and 2011.
Despite his significant success, including much media coverage (such as the recent article From Starving Artist to Young Entrepreneur: Conor McCreedy on Making Creativity Pay featured by Young Entrepreneur), Conor spares the time from his art and entrepreneurship to support others. He is an international ambassador for the Faces of Hope Foundation, which provides funding for child and adult sufferers of lymphoma and leukemia. We had the privilege and pleasure of photographing Conor in our studio, together with the beautiful Faces of Hope Foundation pendant/ring, for their billboard campaign in Johannesburg:
Apart from all of this, Conor’s passion for the African bush is reflected in his wildlife paintings. As wildlife photographers and videographers, this is something we can absolutely relate to. Two of Conor’s paintings in particular – vivid portrayals in his signature “Mccreedy Blue” – immediately bring Dave’s wildlife photography to mind. The first is Conor’s BLUE ELEPHANT and the second is titled MANADELAS ROAR, both available to view at www.conormccreedy.com. Here are Dave’s images to give you some insight into the subjects.
Hopefully that’s enough to entice you to browse Conor’s beautiful art here. If you’d like to find out more about the Faces of Hope Foundation and how you can support them, including through the purchase of the ring pictured on the billboard above, please visit their website here.