Rich McCoy, Wellington Member Since January 2017 Artist Statement I was born in the UK and raised in the African desert by bushmen. Okay, that might be a stretch - my parents were from the UK, but I did grow up shaking Kalahari sand out of my shoes. And I think I'm a better man for it. Something about those vast open expanses and the untamed animals has given me what some might call a wild and unlimited outlook on life.
I emerged in the interactive space in '95, back in mother's land, after completing a Fine Arts degree, while making Clip Art for a multimedia company. Since then I've worked for some of the leading agencies around the world (AKQA, LBI, Edelman, and Saatchi), and many Fortune 100 companies, as an interactive Art Director / UX Designer / Creative Director. I've also made a crust as an Illustrator, Photographer, Painter and Sculptor – disciplines that have immeasurably enhanced my world of pixels. It would be fair to say I'm a creative thinker who refuses to be constrained by the traditional boundaries of the medium. You can thank the bushmen for that.
For the last decade my work has taken me and my family to live in the wonderful city of Melbourne with its fine coffee and culture, the bountiful Kati-Kati in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty, the rugged West Coast of Ireland, The idyllic freethinking Waiheke Island off the coast of Auckland, An intriguing French expat community near Bergerac, the scorchingly hot Brisbane, and currently rural Somerset in England.
I love to instill honesty and humanity into my life and work, having poured my heart and soul into pretty much everything online – from banking systems to online communities, artist portfolios to political awareness campaigns, and online shopping stores selling everything from cheap t-shirts to multimillion dollar homes.