South African in New York – with talent to burn

by Naomi on September 7, 2011

in Bulletin Board, Wildlife

Fairlady article about artist and entrepreneur Conor Mccreedy

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:

ANGRY AFRICAN ELEPHANT - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

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 or find out what he shares about his South African background at Mccreedy Weekly.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

JamieDedes September 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Thanks for so much good stuff here and the intro to a new artist. Yes! Isn’t he handsome. And that color blue is striking.

I think I would have been intimiated by this elephant, much as I love them.


Naomi September 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Pleasure Jamie and yes, Conor is quite a package πŸ˜€

The elephant charge was pretty scary…nothing like no fences to get the adrenalin going! Still, everything was fine in the end πŸ™‚


Tokeloshe September 8, 2011 at 2:38 am

Great post! Well done!


Naomi September 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

Thanks, Tok!


[email protected] September 8, 2011 at 6:00 am

Great post, Naomi. I like the reminder that we can provoke wildlife even though we think we are doing everything okay. What a talented young man…like so many people in South Africa! Right, Naomi and Dave?!


Naomi September 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

Thanks, Amy, you sweetheart! You’re so right about wildlife…always good to remember that the animals are wild, which is what we love about them anyway πŸ™‚


Cindy September 8, 2011 at 10:14 am

Gosh, what talent!


Naomi September 8, 2011 at 10:56 am

Agreed πŸ™‚


Kate Shrewsday September 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

What a talent! And such a blend of influences. No wonder the Big Apple loves him.


Naomi September 9, 2011 at 6:06 am

Thanks for a lovely comment, Kate!


nrhatch September 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

His paintings are a bit too “blue” for my taste. πŸ˜‰


Naomi September 9, 2011 at 6:07 am

Perhaps more wildlife for you, Nancy, especially in the form of Zebras? πŸ˜‰


paul willis (@sonsothunder) September 10, 2011 at 2:42 am

I just want a bowl large enough to make my marinade for that, that’s a lot of beef…
I can see Conor studied at U.N.C. just in the colors he uses..Almost Carolina Blue, a few shades of it in most of the pics… Or, maybe he just spent too many all-nighters down on Franklin I know I did. But, hey, I’m just a Blues Man anyway.
God Bless You.
Great Blog Site and Articles.


Naomi September 10, 2011 at 6:41 am

LOL! Thanks for your awesome comment, Paul – and for enlightening us about “Carolina Blue” and the lifestyle there πŸ˜€ Also, way to go on being a Blues Man…Dave is too.

I really appreciate you stopping by here and leaving a link to your super entertaining blog!

Blessings back to you,



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