Teddy McDonald is a British contemporary artist and painter of the female form, botanicals and seascapes.
Ed Sheeran requested the loan of McDonald's 'Green T' art guitar for his Multiply world tour and also commissioned the artist in collaboration 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 and held in Sheeran's private collection.
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. Titled, 'Royal Love,' McDonald donated all proceeds from the private 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 has previously subverted consumer brands making reference to popular culture often creating humorous, risqué and contentious messages, notable works include 2013’s ‘Parental Advisory' series, 'Eau Eau Eau!' and 2014’s ‘Unhealthy Fat Fucks’ (all in private collections). The artist also paints 'Botanicals' and 'Seascapes' and considers the 'freedom and escapism' offered by nature and looking out across a deep blue sea to be 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 approved the works, McDonald received a 'cease and desist' from Charlotte Casiraghi's lawyers demanding her portrait be banished from public view, ironically this only added to interest and notoriety of the work further increasing its value. The artwork is currently part of 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' unwanted artworks. McDonald continues to be a strict and critical curator of his own output and purposely limits the annual availability of his work on the primary market.
A musician from an early age, while at university McDonald formed a rock/blues/indie fusion band called 'Lesbian Fruit' and played lead guitar and his eclectic taste in music plays a dominant role in his studio and the creation of his work.
EXHIBITIONS / EXHIBITS
McDonald's first exhibition was by invitation from official Ferrari dealer Dick Lovett Ferrari and took place in 2013. All works were sold and CEO Peter Lovett also commissioned an original painting of the company logo which is installed in his office.
In 2015, McDonald exhibited fashion-themed works as part of the Retail Design Collective in New York City and Dick Lovett Ferrari commissioned McDonald to design a large poster since installed in their showroom.
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 2017, Director of Design Flavio Manzoni acquired an original painting on behalf of Ferrari S.p.A. Mr Manzoni considered the painting appropriate to be installed in the new Ferrari Centro Stile building at the heart of the Ferrari factory at Maranello, officially opened in 2019. Titled, 'Enzo' (30 x 30") the acrylic on canvas work is pictured below.
McDonald appeared on Sky News as a 'guest commentator' for the royal wedding of HRH Princess Eugenie live from Windsor Castle and alongside royal dress designer David Emanuel. Impressed by his performance and relaxed, personable nature the artist has also provided live commentary and opinion on contemporary art from the Sky News 'glass box' studio.