Conor Mccreedy was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but spent most of his high school years between Natal and Johannesburg. He won all the art prizes in high school and was questioned about the advanced painting techniques at such a young age by his teachers. After graduating from Hilton College Mccreedy attended university in North Carolina on a golf scholarship, but art remained his true love. He gave up golf in 2007 to pursue an art career in new york, where he attended the Pratt Institute in Manhattan and studied under many great illustrators before dropping out. During his early days in NYC in order to get his canvases stretched, he would offer his local art store an A4 sketch in blue pen ink as payment. Without money, the good old method of bartering – exchanging art for materials – gave him access to much needed supplies. Selling his first major piece as a 19 year old in New York’s Union Square streets.
Early in 2010 Mccreedy’s “Indigo blue” collection demonstrated his interest in expressionism and the techniques of 14th and 15th century painters who used only ultramarine and indigo blue pigments – their goal was to challenge themselves with materials that were considered highly restrictive and of the purest form. His track record is well documented. Aged just 22, in 2009, He became the youngest ever artist to exhibit and produce a show ‘outliers’ at The National Arts club. The show was sold out. Two years later, in 2011, having developed his Mccreedyblue, He was commissioned by Time Warner to paint a new logo in his signature Mccreedyblue style for a lavish Manhattan launch party. In 2012 the Charles Bank Elizabeth Street gallery showed his “African Ocean” exhibition, a collection of 20 paintings including “Blue Angels”which was sold to one of South Africa’s largest private art collectors. His painting titled “Atlantic Explosions” was recently sold by Sotheby’s this year in 2017 at the Contemporary Curated show in NYC, setting a new price record for a medium sized painting of Mccreedy. He was the only artist ever to be represented in a booth dedicated entirely to his works at the Kunst 14 art fair in Zurich. In early June 2013 his painting of Nelson Mandela was stolen in New York. He currently is the owner of the priceless artwork if ever found and returned. His works have been featured in COSMOSCOW 2017 Russia, Moscow.
His bespoke Mccreedyblue, the trademark of his recent work is a scientific engineering of 5 blue pigments manufactured uniquely for him. Mccreedyblue paintings are on a myriad of materials, including a taut linen which is unique to Belgium. Characterized equally by audacity and heritage, his works are powerful, dynamic and genuinely hypnotic, taking inspiration from life, the ocean and the energy around him and not least his South African heritage. In honour of which his foundation to Protect African Lions was born. He has had solo exhibitions around the world, the most recent solo exhibitions were in Zurich, Switzerland and Hong Kong, Asia and NYC, United States of America.