The studio and atelier of the South African born artist are located in a four story, 600 year old building in the heart of the old town in Zurich Switzerland. It is in this building, originally a Roman town house, later converted to a private bank, that Mccreedy has created the most magnificent atelier and studio. His showroom, design studio, workshop and offices encompass the four floors of the property. Numerous windows and antique shutters open onto a 12th century medieval courtyard with an ancient fountain engraved with a steel lions head that continuously flows providing pure, fresh drinking water sourced from the Swiss Alps. The pristine Limmat River in front of the atelier balconies provides a constant sound of flowing water. This is where Conor swims during the summer months to take a break from his intense studio schedule.
The atelier boasts a 14th century exposed stone wall stretching from the ground to the top floor. A solid marble staircase gives access to the enlightening visual journey experienced as you ascend the floors inside the atelier. Impeccable, innovative features including furniture created by Mccreedy provide a design odyssey throughout the building. Paintings are the main focus in the studio. Most paintings are expertly framed and adorn the walls throughout the studio. The artworks, mostly created in his restrictive pigment, “Mccreedyblue” are formidable and exquisite. In the office area, state of the art Apple computers and high definition screens are scattered around in stark contrast to the mediaeval Roman surrounds.
The paintbrushes used in Mccreedy’s daily creations are an artwork in themselves. They have been collected over a period of time from the finest small sizes of brushes to the largest which are over a meter wide. These brushes alongside endless bottles of Mccreedyblue pigment are positioned around the studio producing an amazing work in progress atmosphere.
A visit to Mccreedy’s studio and atelier is a unique experience giving, insight into the distinctive elements and emotions contributing to the environment that allows the artist to create his extraordinary artwork. The smell of the “Essence of Mccreedyblue” designed art candles permeate the building with a heavenly fragrance. This combined with the constant flow of the Limmat River, and the view of the Swiss Alps are all factors contributing to the exceptional environment within the studio. Located on the ground floor of the studio is “The Art Coffee” a contemporary, artistically designed, walk in coffee shop, serving the finest imported coffee sourced from some of Africa’s oldest coffee farms. Each cup of coffee is skilfully made to individual tastes by the resident barista. Here you can enjoy the aroma of freshly ground coffee, sitting in the studio or on the Mccreedyblue bench outside watching the swans on the Limmat River.
Originating from South Africa Mccreedy returns to Africa whenever he has the opportunity. Driving through the African bush in an open Land Rover searching for his favourite animals and exploring the fauna and flora allows him the time out needed for his inspiration and ideas for his creativity. Conor is an environmentalist and a conservationist. He has established a foundation to create awareness and raises funds to (Protect African Lions) through his iconic (PAL) Bracelet. The lion is his favourite animal.
The atelier and studio is not only available to view for prospective buyers but also to collectors, patrons, dealers and journalists. It is advisable to arrange an appointment to view in private. Many of Mccreedy’s private collectors and clients from around the world visit the studio for inspiration and catch up with the artist to discuss his latest artworks, exhibitions, future projects and ideas.