The Champion, Freddie Mercury
oil on canvas panel / 35 x 24 cm. / 2017
The Champion is Freddie Mercury. On the 25th anniversary of his death I decided to start a serie of paintings about music’s icons. “We Are The Champions” is a hymn. Theatrical and brilliant, there had never been another frontman like Freddie Mercury. The band “Queen” was an unique band thanks to him, Queen begins and ends with Freddie Mercury. His triumphs and failings were the band’s identity. He was a champion in a hard generation, a subversive avowal of gay forbearance, even when the AIDS won the battle.