TEDDY McDONALD

 

 

An autodidactic and independent contemporary artist Teddy established his professional practice in 2011 and achieved international recognition in 2015 when Ed Sheeran played his art guitar in over 18 countries during the Multiply world tour. The following year, GQ magazine profiled Teddy as 'The Artist to Watch'.

 

A collaboration with members of the British royal family and a Range Rover art car followed. Ed Sheeran played a second art guitar on the Divide world tour and during his headline performance at The Glastonbury Festival and Ferrari S.p.A acquired a painting. In 2022, headwear custom painted by Teddy reached the summit of Mount Everest and was noted by the BBC as 'The Highest Art on Earth'. 

 

FIAT heir and notable art collector Lapo Elkann became a valuable patron early in the artist's career. Widely regarded a global tastemaker, Lapo Elkann placed Teddy's work in his eclectic collection of original works by Andy Warhol, Jean Michel-Basquiat and many other contemporary masters.

 

Many of the artist's influences are autobiographical and his paintings and drawings are easily identifiable as naive and loosely-rendered works in acrylic or oil pastel featuring recurring symbolism and essential lines notably of Italian life, nature and the female form.  Teddy works from locations in the rural Cotswolds and Italy. He is also a musician and plays guitar, occasionally in a live band.

 

 

Artist Acknowledgements

Teddy wishes to thank to Dylan Jones OBE and Neil Hamilton for their valuable contributions.

 

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

 

2024: Teddy x il Santo Bevitore, Florence Italy

2023: Exhibit: LIFE, Viewing Room

2022: Art on Mount Everest

2022: Exhibit: Planet Love, Viewing Room

2020: Exhibit: Strong is Beautiful, Viewing Room

2018: SKY News: contemporary art feature

2018: SKY News: royal wedding commentator

2017: Art Guitar, Ed Sheeran @ Glastonbury

2017: Art Guitar: Ed Sheeran Divide world tour

2017: Exhibit: Range Rover art car, London

2016: Exhibit: The Chelsea Harbour Hotel

2016: Exhibit: Masterpiece London

2016: Painting with British royal family

2015: Exhibit: GQ, Vogue House, London

2015: Art Guitar: Ed Sheeran Multiply world tour

2015: Exhibit: Manhattan, New York City

2015: Exhibit: Gallerie Sparta, Los Angeles

2014: Prints, Dorian Grey Gallery, New York City

2013: Exhibit: Ferrari VIP Event, UK

2012: Lamberty, Pimlico Road, London

 

 

RECOGNITION

 

2016: 'The Artist to Watch' GQ magazine

2015: 'The Artist's Artist' - GQ magazine

2015: Discovered by Lapo Elkann

 


 

 

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