Exhibiting is something I haven't done very often yet. It's been a while since the last time. But a couple of months ago there was a call to artists on Instagram, and I knew it. I had to participate. And not only that; I felt I had to create a portrait of my creative hero Freddie Mercury.
La Bodega Art Gallery Mermaid Show
The call to artists was adressed to those specializing in pop surrealism. Soon (10th November), a new exhibit would be opened at La Bodega Art Gallery in San Diego. That's right, in the United States. Me, always uncertain of the quality of my artwork, took a chance and sent them an e-mail. With some examples of my recent artwork.
And how cool! They soon responded being interested in me participating, and I received a list of the terms and conditions.
So I went ahead and started on my illustration. I had an idea of making an alternative version of the Little Mermaid. The same innocent looking mermaid, but instead of collecting human utensils, she collects human skulls. And one is her favorite.
For the first time not only did I create the drawing, but I made the frame matching as well. It is now in sync with the drawing, with a feeling of depth. Something I plan on doing more often.
The drawing did, I understood from the gallery, recently arrive. I'm very much looking forward to hearing how it all went. Too bad I won't be there in person...
And now it's time to start creating for the next exhibit I will be participating in, at the start of 2019. But more on that later. A summary of the shows and events I'm participating in, you will find here.
La Bodega Art Gallery
2196 Logan Ave.
San Diego CA 92113
Freddie Mercury and Bohemian Rhapsody
If I have to name three of my creative heroes, then my top three are Walt Disney, Jhnny Cash and Freddie Mercury. If you visited my website before, then no doubt you will have seen the portraits of Johnny Cash and Walt Disney in my portrait gallery. The only one missing was Freddie Mercury. A shame if you think that I've been listening to Queen's music ever since I was little. My first memory of Queen was seeing the music video 'I want to break free'. I would go crazy as a four year old at the sight and sound of Freddie Mercury dressed up as a lady with a moustache in a, as I understood later on, Coronation Streetlike setting.
I can't count the number of times I played Queen's cd's through the years, and their music has helped me pull through some tough times in my life. And still do I often listen to Queen, especially while drawing or painting.
Faces of Freddie
Recently I bought a book called 'the Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury'. Quite a mouthful, but after all the man did have a restless life, to say the least. An interesting book, that sort of shows you a glimpse of the person behinf Freddie Mercury, and the things he experienced. I also learned more about the origine of the disease we now know as Aids, and the impact Freddie Mercury's death had on how people thought about this terrible disease.
Reading this book coincided with the movie Bohemian Rhapsody coming out in theatres, so of course as soon as I could get my hands on two tickets, I got them. What a great movie!
I finished reading the book before the (somewhat romanticized) movie came out, and my hands started itching. I just had to create a portrait of this extraordinary man.
“My make-up may be flaking. But my smile still stays on…”
The layout I chose, is the same as the diamond shaped layout done in Bohemian Rhapsody, with the four faces.
The bottom face is of course Freddie with his long hair, and the large shadows we see in Bohemian Rhapsody. At the top you see Freddie with his macho appearance, with the full moustache, and at the top of his game. In the time of Live Aid. Left we see Freddie as 'the Invisible Man', in the time he had a three day stubble. Which apparently he did for a reason.
And at the right we see Freddie in one of his last music videos, 'I'm going slightly mad'.
I myself am quite happy with how the protrait turned out. I hope I managed to draw a glimpse of his personality. And I hope that Mr. Mercury would have liked it too...