Teddy McDonald is an emerging British contemporary artist. His most visible work to date, seen by over 8 million people worldwide, is 'Green T,' a Fender Stratocaster customised with bold graphical symbols and played by Ed Sheeran on his 2015 Multiply world tour.
Ed Sheeran also commissioned McDonald to collaborate with 80's New York street art pioneer John Matos aka Crash for the creation of the 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster played extensively on the Divide world tour.
In 2016, GQ magazine profiled McDonald as ‘The Artist to Watch’ and described his work as 'colourful and contentious'. GQ editor Dylan Jones OBE requested the loan of a painting for display at Vogue House, London. A few months later McDonald became the first artist to create a painting with members of the British royal family, notably HRH Princess Eugenie and HRH Princess Beatrice, donating all proceeds from the five figure sale to charity.
In 2017, inspired by the art cars of Alexander Calder, David Hockney and Cesar Manrique, McDonald showcased a Range Rover Autobiography Art Car launched exclusively online by DriveTribe.com and later featured in the Art Basal Miami edition of the South Florida Luxury Guide alongside the latest BMW art car.
McDonald began his career painting strong, confident and toned female forms. The first of these, 'Yum Yum' (2011) set the artist on a path he continues to the present day. His female form works reference Matisse's 1908 text, 'Notes of a Painter' in which the artist said he concentrated on the meaning of the body by seeking its essential lines.
Along with his figurative work, McDonald subverts consumer brands and makes reference to popular culture often creating humorous, risqué and contentious messages, works include 2013’s ‘Parental Advisories', 'Eau Eau Eau!' and 2014’s ‘Unhealthy Fat Fucks’ (all in private collections). The artist also paints bold and bright seascapes under the collective 'My Peace'. The artist considers the 'freedom and escapism' offered by looking out across a deep blue sea is a notable benefit to our mental health.
In 2012/2013 McDonald began experimenting with works on an iPad. These included portraits of Monaco royal Charlotte Casiraghi, Eric Clapton and Dame Joan Collins, each featuring appropriated and re-worked imagery output as reverse perspex mounts. While Clapton and Dame Joan personally approved the works, McDonald received a 'cease and desist' from Charlotte Casiraghi's lawyers demanding her portrait be banished from public view. The artwork currently resides in a private collection.
Teddy McDonald is not a hoarder of his work or material possessions. In 2018, he followed the example of artist John Baldessari and 'cremated' his unsold and unwanted artworks. McDonald continues to be a strict and critical curator of his own output resulting in the scarcity of his work on the primary market.
A musician from an early age, while at university McDonald formed a rock n' roll band called 'Lesbian Fruit' and his eclectic taste in music plays a dominant role in the studio.
NOTABLE OWNERS & COLLECTORS
McDonald remains self-represented but, has attracted notable 'art world' collectors and is independently recognised as having established a primary market for his work.
High profile owners of his work include Ed Sheeran, Lapo Elkann (FIAT heir and Italian Industrialist), HRH Princess Eugenie and Flavio Manzoni (Director of Design, Ferrari), placing his work in major private collections alongside original works by KAWS, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and many more contemporary masters.
McDonald's work is also owned by the Royal Agricultural University, Kenton Cool (14 x Everest summit climber), Sharron Davies MBE, the Fosbrook family, Mike Lohan Jr and Lindsay Lohan while Tommy Hilfiger has described the artist as, 'very talented'.
McDonald's first exhibition was by invitation from official Ferrari dealer Dick Lovett and took place in 2013. All works were sold and CEO Peter Lovett also commissioned an original painting of the company logo for his office.
In 2015, McDonald exhibited fashion-themed works as part of the Retail Design Collective in New York City.
Later in 2016, Masterpiece London exhibited McDonald's collaboration with British royalty and the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London held an exhibition of the artist's heart paintings. This exhibition caused a stir after McDonald chose to hang a heart painting above the doors to each of the three lifts located in the lobby. The heart above the middle lift was emblazoned with the word, 'Horny'. The purpose being to provoke humour with the question, "how many of the hotel's guests would chose to enter the 'Horny' lift?"
In 2018, McDonald created an iPad painting for permanent exhibition at the Royal Agricultural University and he made his first television appearance with Sky News in the role of guest commentator for the wedding of HRH Princess Eugenie and during the global broadcast which also featured the 'Royal Love' painting. The artist made a second appearance with Sky News commentating from the 'glass box' studio on a contemporary art story.