Artist Biography

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    Teddy McDonald

    Teddy McDonald is a British contemporary artist whose minimalist paintings, a commitment to the purity of colour, line and form, have been described by GQ magazine as, 'Colourful and Contentious'.

     

    Throughout his career, McDonald has predominately painted the female form. His style echoes Henri Matisse's 'Notes of a Painter' (1906) by depicting the female body by means of its essential lines, a process McDonald describes as capturing, 'curves and contours'.

     

    The bright, sun-kissed palette of the artist's seascapes provides a sense of escapism, freedom and wellbeing for a positive state of mind, while the world pandemic of 2020 has turned the artist's focus on his immediate surroundings in the rural Cotswolds and a new body of work will be based on his interpretation of botanicals with and without the female form.

     

    McDonald’s 'Green T' customised Fender Stratocaster guitar was requested by Ed Sheeran and played extensively on Sheeran’s Multiply (X) world tour, he was also commissioned by Sheeran to collaborate with John Matos aka Crash in the creation of the 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster played extensively on the Divide world tour.  McDonald is also the first contemporary artist to create a painting with members of the British royal family.

     

    Profiled by GQ magazine as, ‘The Artist to Watch’ McDonald has also provided commentary on contemporary art for Sky News and appeared as a guest commentator for the Sky News live broadcast of the royal wedding of HRH Princess Eugenie from Windsor Castle.

     

    Self-represented to date, McDonald's work can be found in private collections in the USA, UK and Italy and features alongside original works by contemporary masters including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, KAWS, Jonas Wood and Roy Lichtenstein.

     

    The artist enjoys an active and private life in the rural Cotswolds, UK.

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    'Yum Yum' at GQ

    Vogue House, London

    Selected Timeline

    2020

    - Group Exhibit, Museum of Zoology, Cambridge University [cancelled Covid-19]

    - Motorsport related collaborative project [cancelled Covid-19]

     

    2018

    - Sky News guest commentator for Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie

    - Sky News studio providing commentary on contemporary art

    - Commissioned by Royal Agricultural University

     

    2017

    - Range Rover Art Car revealed

    - Commissioned by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London

    - Ed Sheeran headlined Glastonbury Festival with 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster

     

    2016

    - GQ magazine profile, 'The Artist to Watch'

    - Ed Sheeran plays 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster on Divide world tour

    - Collaboration with HRH Princess Eugenie, HRH Princess Beatrice & Duchess of York

    - GQ & People magazines exclusive for 'Royal Love' 

    - Masterpiece London, 'Royal Love' exhibit

    - Solo Exhibition, Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London

     

    2015

    - Ed Sheeran debuts 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster at Wembley Stadium shows

    - Ed Sheeran plays 'Green T' Stratocaster on Multiply world tour

    - Solo Exhibition, Chelsea, New York City

    - Commissioned by official Ferrari dealer, Dick Lovett UK

    - 'Yum Yum' exhibited at GQ, Vogue House, London

     

    2013

    - Solo Exhibition at official Ferrari dealer, Dick Lovett UK

    - Portrait of 'Eric Clapton' authorised