Posts tagged ‘Conor McCreedy’

November 3, 2013

jonathan boynton-lee celebrates his birthday ‘on top of the world’

11.03 Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Simba Mhere, Chad Saaiman, Jennifer Su, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Birthday (by Denzil Jacobs) 01

Just a few weeks ago, Top Billing presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee, styled by Pulse Salon invited some of his closest friends to celebrate his birthday with him at the prestigious The Michelangelo Towers‎ exclusive Cupola Suite Penthouse in Sandton City. I flew up to Johannesburg to celebrate with the birthday boy and with guests including Jennifer Su, Jay Anstey, Boitumelo ThuloChad Saaiman, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Simba Mhere, Gina Myers, Melinda Shaw, Conor Mccreedy and Lorinda Voges to name a few, it was an evening to remember.

11.03 Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Simba Mhere, Didi Del Mar, Brian Kent, Boitumelo Thulo, Jay Anstey, Jennifer Su, Gina Myers, Birthday (by Denzil Jacobs) 02

The view of Sandton from the penthouse was exquisite and with champagne and good company, the party started off in style. Later, Jon invited all his guests to continue the celebrations at Johannesburg’s hottest club, The VIP Room. To raise funds for a charity very close to Jonathan, the public were invited to join him at The VIP Room, and proceeds of ticket sales donated to Princess Alice Adoption Home. Happy birthday Jon!

Special thanks to Lifestyle Legacy and 4Elements PR.

October 7, 2013

global launch of ‘protecting african lions’ (PAL) foundation on the rooftop of soho house new york.

Protecting African Lions, PAL, Conor Mccreedy, Tyson Beckford

Picture top right: Mccreedy with his head PAL designer, and his friend and new ambassador, the billionaire philanthropist who sold his company to ebay. Discussing the new partnership that involves Colin Cowie and Donna Karan.

“Over the past 50 years Africa’s lion populations have plummeted from over 200,000 individuals back in the 1960’s to fewer than 21,000 today. A shocking number if you consider the size of that continent”

Situated on one of the most exclusive rooftops in New York, South African born artist Conor Mccreedy, Colin Cowie and Mike Eilertson hosted an exclusive launch event for Protecting African Lions (PAL) Foundation with VIP guests and friends. Investors, activists, entrepreneurs, supermodels, artists, philanthropists, actors and many more, all united together to bring awareness to the African Lion, a majestic creature whose population is rapidly decreasing. The mission of this global organization is to raise awareness and to start protecting lions from further decline against poaching, non regulated hunting and many other issues that will allow the lion to thrive in its natural wild habitat. It has established a foundation designed to protect lions and to become a key strategic partner for governmental and other affiliated charity programs such as Ubuntu Educational Fund, The Mara Foundation and many more.

Protecting African Lions, PAL, Conor Mccreedy, Tyson Beckford (by Denzil Jacobs)

Guests were treated to traditional South African delights from Madiba Biltong. They were also invited to purchase the exquisite MccreedyBlue PAL bracelet, featuring a hand-made button in brass, silver, gold or platinum, designed by South African designer Lianne Landman to further spread awareness and support the cause. Guests included Ndaba and Kweku Mandela (the 2 key grandsons of Neslon Mandela), Tyson Beckford, Jen Goodall, Rohan Marley, Julia Jansch, Maxwell, Colin Cowie, Shaun Dewet, Jacob Lief, Constantine Bisanz, Dr Geoffery Scott Caroll, and the Founder himself, Conor Mccreedy. Go to https://vimeo.com/76173527 to learn more about PAL.

PAL, Conor Mccreedy, Protecting African Lions, Invitation

Images courtesy of Luxury Brands PR (LiveOutLoud Group)PAL.

January 15, 2013

152nd l’ormarins queen’s plate

152nd L'Ormarins Queens Plate 2013, Jo-Ann Strauss (by Denzil Jacobs)

The most prestigious equestrian event on South Africa’s social calendar, the 152nd L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate took place at the Kenilworth Racecourse last Saturday in glamourous style.

152nd L'Ormarins Queens Plate 2013, Jennifer Su, Janez Vermeiren, Lee-Ann Liebenberg, Roxy Louw, Ryk Neethling (by Denzil Jacobs)

MC and face of the event, Jo-Ann Strauss arrived wearing an unforgettable blue dress by Stefania Morland with accessories by Joya Collection and limited edition Louis Vuitton bag. Television and radio personality Jennifer Su made an appearance wearing an elegant royal blue dress and fascinator by Pallu, “I decided on royal blue this year in honor of the royal family. I’m having a wonderful time at the Queen’s Plate, this is my very favourite horse-racing event of the year,” says Su.

152nd L'Ormarins Queens Plate 2013,Pearl Thusi, Leigh-Anne Williams, Kuli Roberts, Peta Eggierth-Symes (by Denzil Jacobs)

Special guests included Miss South Africa 2012 Marilyn Ramos, Janez Vermeiren, Lee-Ann Liebenberg with husband Nicky van der Walt, Roxy Louw, Ryk Neethling, Marc Lottering, Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Marilize de Clercq, Tanya van Graan with fiancé Kasper Kristoffersen, Danine Naidoo, Kuli Roberts, Clayton Morar, Omesh Authur, Conor Mccreedy, Pearl Thusi, Kia Johnson, Peta Eggierth-Symes (for Pallu) as well as Leigh-Anne Williams, wearing a stunning dress by Klûk CGDT and fascinator by The Little Hattery to name a few. With Best Dressed and Best Hat competitions, fashionistas and socialites were there too to enjoy this elegant horse-racing and high-fashion event.

152nd L'Ormarins Queens Plate, Jo-Ann Strauss (by Denzil Jacobs)

Special thanks to Levi Strauss for dressing me for this event, sunglasses by Sunglass Hut and Hilton Weiner for shoes and African Pride Hotels 15 On Orange Hotel for the luxurious accommodation.

November 23, 2012

conor mccreedy “selected works” art exhibition

Conor Mccreedy Art Exhibition, Ernie Els Wine Estate, Peta Eggierth-Symes, Jackie Wiese, Jacob Wiese (by Denzil Jacobs)

Last night Conor Mccreedy hosted his art exhibition, “Selected Works 2006-2012” at Ernie Els Wine Estate. Guests including Peta Eggierth-Symes (for Pallu) and Jackie & Jacob Wiese were invited to enjoy Ernie Els wines and canapés while enjoying the scenic winelands and live entertainment. Paying tribute to one of South Africa’s most talented artists, guests had the opportunity to own selected Conor Mccreedy original works with proceeds from the auction going to charity. It was certainly an evening of art and luxury in true Mccreedy Blue style.

Conor Mccreedy Exhibition (by Denzil Jacobs)

Pictured above: “The Crowned Ballerina” (oils on pigment on Belgian linen) sold for R105 000 to a private collector, “Rianne’s Hair” (pigments and oils on Belgian linen) sold for R50 000 and a rare unseen and exclusive early 2006 work titled “Masai Mara” (oils on canvas) sold to a private collector.

For more information go to www.conormccreedy.com or follow Conor on Twitter.

July 30, 2012

paris hilton cozy with conor mccreedy?

 

Conor Mccreedy with Paris Hilton

Rumour has it that newly single Paris Hilton is on the prowl for a new man after her recent split from. The hotel heiress was recently seen with South African artist, Conor Mccreedy at a private party thrown by Blackstone chairman Steve Schwarzman and his wife, Christine, at his St. Tropez mansion. “She is the most fabulous soft spoken sweetheart. She always looks and feels incredible,” says Mccreedy. There are discussions that a hot sexy portrait in the Mccreedy Blue style is in line for a new show, but could there be more to it, we’ll just have to wait and see. According to the New York Post, “Paris was spotted talking to a handsome mystery man”, Conor?. “She is so sweet to me,” Conor continued. Now in Europe, Conor is looking forward to visiting his home country for a bit of summer sun.

April 19, 2012

conor mccreedy – african ocean

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South African artist Conor Mccreedy recently opened his latest exhibition ‘African Ocean‘ at The Charles Bank Gallery in New York, a series of paintings inspired by his birthplace, South Africa. “Some of the artworks have been created on the finest Belgian and French linen primed with rabbit skin glue. I have also created artwork on old giant windows with glass and chains still intact, which I obtained from abandoned Soho lofts, other pieces have been painted on wooden boards,” says McCreedy about “African Ocean“. Conor explains that he has grown and evolved as an artist in his latest exhibition, souring beyond portraiture to explore unchartered waters in new-expressionism and abstraction. Drawing inspiration from his travels through Africa, he will always have a connection to his heritage in South Africa. “The raw power and mysterious void of the ocean is my inspiration and message“, Conor talks about his time spent with in the African bush with grown male lions who’s powerful energy complimented their majestic calmness and places that thought next to images of where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet at Cape Point, “The “African Oceans” series has been inspired by my personal archive of explosive, emotional and haunting imagery“. Unique to this exhibition is the use of photography, in only one piece, “I have used it in this exhibition to give an example from my photographic series which combines my photography with my blue pigments,” says Mccreedy. “The blue pigment that I use conveys a sense of ambiguity. It is a unique substance out of which almost elemental water emerges as I combine it with more: rich mixed pigment, acrylic mixer, and thickener. It is both endless and finite.” His installation at The Charles Bank Gallery will run until 24 April 2012 and on 25 April 2012 his work will be exhibited at The Blue Building on East 46th Street, New York.

Conor Mccreedy Paintings 01

Visit www.conormcreedy.com to view his thought provoking and inspiring work. Follow Conor on Twitter and Facebook.

April 17, 2012

talking secrets with conor mccreedy

Conor Mccreedy

South African born artist Conor Mccreedy, now living predominantly in New York City has been painting all his life and has created his own signature blue colour. I had the opportunity to talk to him in New York by phone and asked him about his signature blue, “It’s my blue, ‘Mccreedy Blue’ and it’s my own colour. I love it because it makes me happy, it’s a beautiful colour, it’s my favourite colour. It symbolizes the ocean, it symbolizes life. I’m inspired by life and ocean,” says Mccreedy. The most notable thing about talking to Conor is his ‘passion’, he is by nature full of life and energy and you can’t help but get swept away a little by this, not only for his amazing artwork, but his ambition and drive. Not afraid to push boundaries and break rules with his artwork, Conor respects his work for what it is and not what it should be or what society or critics expect it to be. Now, 25, he is poised to venture outside of his artistic world to explore other creative avenues whilst still keeping his feet firmly grounded in his true passion, painting. He discussed a film prospect as well as a visit home in the next few months. Certainly a Proudly South African man, Conor has become somewhat of an ambassador for South African arts, paying tribute to Africa in his work and in his life. His love of the African landscape and nature is undeniable as he lights up when surrounded by nature. Inspired by the ocean, the African bush and wildlife, his latest exhibition is aptly titled “African Ocean” which is currently being shown at The Charles Bank Gallery in New York. “I’m always working, right now I’m not painting because my show is on, but I’m drawing in journals every night, I have a little book and I do sketches,” says Mccreedy. Conor is proud to have one of his paintings added to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art today! Secret: He mentioned as a tidbit that he inherited his defined chin from his great great grandfather, Sir Theophilis Shepstone, and Conor is the only one in his family to have been given that particular trait since.

Visit ConorMccreedy.com and follow Conor Mccreedy on Twitter.

All images courtesy of Conor Mccreedy.

January 8, 2012

the 151st l’ormarins queens plate 2012

L'Ormarins Queens Plate 01

Like an equestrian dream, the 151st L’Ormarins Queens Plate took to Kenilworth Racecourse on 07 January 2012. To the blue and white theme, guests were dressed to the nines, with celebrity guest Jennifer Su showcasing one of her many timeless hats, designed by Peta Eggierth-Symes for Pallu, paired with a stunning blue dress, also by Pallu. Wearing a gorgeous white dress by Cape Town fashion designer, Stefania Morland, Jo-Ann Strauss sparkled with her Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection 2012Flore Clutch Saumur‘ bag and Louis Vuitton shoes. The stunning Natalie Becker, dazzled in a stunning summer dress by Klȗk, perfectly matching the theme. Melinda Bam looked absolutely radiant as Miss South Africa.

L'Ormarins Queens Plate 02

One of South Africa’s most well known presenters and the owner of Full Circle Model Management, Janez Vermeiren, donning a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, was there to celebrate with his brother. In exquisite vintage style, Melody Maker along with Melinda Shaw, editor in chief of Heat Magazine were seen in good company enjoying the day.

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Other celebrity guests included, Marc Lottering with Anwar McKay, Elana AfrikaTarryn Lamb dressed by Zinzi Couture and Chad Saaiman, dressed by Markham, Soli Philander and Cosmopolitan’s Sexiest Man in SA 2011, Gregg Hammond. Roxy Louw looked radiant in Anel Botha with Minki van der Westhuizen wearing French Connection UK.

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Judged by Jennifer Su, Sam Walker (La Muse) and Dominik and Kerry (Little Hattery), the ‘Best Hat‘ was awarded to The Expresso Show‘s Kia Johnson. The ‘Best Dressed‘ award went to Darielle Robertson, judged by Tammy TinkerEmily Bell, Francesca Cumani and Laduma Ngxokolo. Prizes included Cartier Fragrances, Elizabeth Arden Gift bags and the main prizes were luxury bags by Cape Cobra valued at R21000 each.

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Joining the ‘Best Dressed‘ women on stage, artist, model and entrepreneur, Conor McCreedy wearing Peyman Umay Bespoke (NYC) would have been a shoo-in for the best dressed man if there was a ‘Best Dressed Man’ category – Perhaps it’ll be added next year Conor.

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Thank you to Vlad Popov and Kristian Schmidt for the additional photos of Conor – it was quite difficult finding him as he was never in the same place for long.