Unlike Sting’s “legal alien…Englishman in New York”, South African Conor Mccreedy appears to have been embraced by the Big Apple, which is perfectly fitting for this twenty-four 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 118,000, 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 article scanned above from Fairlady), 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. Apart from this, Conor’s passion for the African bush is reflected in his wildlife paintings. One in particular, Blue Elephant, is a vivid portrayal that immediately brought Dave’s wildlife photography to mind:
For a hair-raising sequence of photo’s showing the vehicle that was being charged, take a look at my post African Elephant on the Charge! and to browse Conor’s art, visit his website www.conormccreedy.com or find out what he shares about his South African background at Mccreedy Weekly.