12 June, 2017
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Conor Mccreedy
Houses of Parliament (Splash Painting Collection), 2017

Oil, pigment and enamel on Belgian linen

46 1/2 x 15 3/4" (118 x 40 cm)

Estimate: $15,000

Courtesy of the artist

lot description

Splash paintings are amongst Mccreedy‘s most widely recognised works. They are the most prolific. There are over 50 in existence, dating from 2010, with more unique pieces being created. "To create that wild yet completely structured splash, to do those shades in one disciplined colour I got exactly what I wanted", he says. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of a single colour "Mccreedyblue" - a scientific engineering of five blue pigments on a myriad of materials, including Belgian linen and canvas. "I associate blue with intelligence, unity and stability. The raw power and mysterious void of the ocean is my inspiration" - Conor Mccreedy.

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artist biography

British-South African artist Conor Mccreedy (b. 1987) creates his distinctively monochromatic paintings with gestural brushstrokes and large-scale splashes in a brilliant, signature blue pigment known as "Mccreedyblue." Disciplined by the symbolism of colour and focused on the emotive power of materials, the artist seeks to create a sense of spirituality and the sublime in his work. Like his Color Field painting collection, some of his works are intentionally left untitled to resist simple stylistic categorisation. Mccreedy’s influences range from artists such as Yves Klein, a modern master of blue, to the ultramarine oceans of his South African childhood. Characterised equally by audacity and heritage, Mccreedy’s works are powerful, dynamic and genuinely hypnotic. Art critics have described the "Mccreedyblue" as having an "unspeakable effect" in their gestural brushstrokes, creating expressionistic paintings.

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