“I Felt Close To Freddie

“I Felt Close To Freddie”: Artist Jack Coulter On Painting ‘Mr Bad Guy’ - Painting Freddie Mercury’s ‘Mr Bad Guy’ was “an absolute honour” for visual artist Jack Coulter, whose synaesthesia helps shape his art.

Freddie Mercury had a lifelong passion for art. The singer and songwriter went to Ealing Art School as a teenager before working briefly as a freelance artist. After finding fame and fortune with Queen, he would still spend a lot of his spare time visiting art galleries and collecting paintings. It is fitting, then, that one of the brightest stars of the 21st-century art world, 25-year-old expressionist painter and photographer Jack Coulter, was asked by the Freddie Mercury Estate to work on some projects with them, including a commission for a painting based on the late singer’s solo single ‘Mr Bad Guy’.

Coulter, who was born in Belfast in 1994, says he was a fan of Queen’s music before taking on the commission for a painting that has since gone on display at Bohemian Rhapsody: The Queen Exhibition at the Ara Art Centre in Seoul, South Korea. “My friend Oisin, who adored them, actually introduced me to Queen as a kid,” Coulter told uDiscover Music. “Their sound fascinated me, in the manner each track was layered, structured and composed. It wasn’t like anything I’d ever heard before. Being asked to represent Freddie and Queen through my work is an absolute honour.

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