SuperRare, the digital art marketplace, and The Mercury Phoenix Trust unveiled four new non-fungible tokens (NFT) artworks to celebrate legendary musician Freddie Mercury’s 75th birthday. Inspired by late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, these four NFT artworks were auctioned off for charity worldwide to collectors on September 20, 2021, for 75 hours. The proceeds will go to The Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity founded by Queen members Brian May, Roger Taylor, and band manager Jim Beach in the singer’s memory.
You can do whatever you want with my work, just never make me boring.
Four digital artists were given a short brief in the form of a famous quote from Freddie Mercury to inspire them to create NFTs inspired by different aspects of his iconic persona. Using his legacy as a springboard for artistic activity, they curated a stunning collection with the help of Six Agency that proves far from boring.
SuperRare is a leading NFT marketplace built on the Ethereum blockchain that promotes high-quality NFT artwork. Over $100M worth of NFT-based art has been traded on the platform, resulting in massive profits for artists. SuperRare launched the $RARE curation token in August 2021, transforming it into a community-owned and governed gallery network based on community voting. In honor of Freddie’s 75th birthday, SuperRare collaborated with the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the brainchild of singer Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Queen manager Jim Beach. Since its creation, the Mercury Phoenix Trust has donated more than 17 million dollars to the global HIV/AIDS movement in Freddie’s name.
The Legend: Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury was an exceptionally talented and versatile singer with a wide range of artistic vocal expressions. He possessed an impressive vocal range of nearly five octaves, could modulate his voice much faster than other professional singers, possessed impeccable and timeless songwriting skills, and had a distinctive style that set him apart from others. He is arguably one of the most famous performers and musicians of all time, and we cannot dispute that he became a legend as he promised. Queen feels regal and majestic. The band had a distinctive, iconic sound, and every song was so much ahead of its time. In addition to their memorable performances, their music videos have become ultimate classics. The band became an international phenomenon with their 1975 album, A Night At The Opera, which contained the six-minute masterpiece ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ which marked a turning point for the band.
Former Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, was well known for his appreciation for all forms of art. He earned a degree in graphic design in 1969 and later became an avid collector of classical and contemporary art and glassworks. His collection of Japanese woodblock prints is considered to be among the best in the world.
SuperRare hosted an exclusive auction for the four NFTs for 75 hours on September 20, 2021. You can see the collection here! Three of these depict the singer; the fourth shows a white-colored grand piano with a crown on its stool, surrounded by a pond of swimming goldfish. Take a look at each NFT artwork below!
Blake Kathryn – ‘Sanctuary:’
Blake Kathryn is a digital artist based in Los Angeles who works primarily with pastels and neon color palettes in creating her artworks. She explores themes of nostalgia, states of consciousness, and vices in her work, weaving them into lighthearted, dreamy compositions. ‘Sanctuary’ is precisely one such unique artwork brought to life by Blake Kathryn in honor of Freddie Mercury to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust to support the fight against AIDS around the globe.
Mat Maitland – ‘Somebody To Love:‘
Mat Maitland is a collage artist based in London who is known for his surrealist-pop works. Mat Maitland created this unique artwork titled ‘Somebody to Love’ as a tribute to Freddie Mercury, benefiting the Mercury Phoenix Trust and fighting AIDS worldwide. His clients include Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Bulgari, Emporio Armani, Chloe, Tate Gallery, MAC Cosmetics, and Apple. He has also appeared in Dazed Beauty, V, King Kong, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Japan, Paper, and Vanity Fair. He is also the creative director of Big Active Design, where he has worked on music campaigns for Michael Jackson, Prince, Beck, Goldfrapp, Basement Jaxx, Elton John, Lana Del Rey, Galantis, and Mark Ronson.
Chad Knight– ‘Celebration of Uniquity:’
Chad Knight is the head of 3D Design at Nike, who thoroughly understands the digital world. Chad is a veteran digital artist, and ‘Celebration of Uniquity’ perfectly captures the essence of his tribute to Freddie Mercury. He uses Cinema 4D to create highly detailed sculptures that push the boundaries of physics. Since entering the Metaverse, Chad has planted himself as a prominent member, releasing his art as NFTs on NiftyGateway, Foundation, and Makersplace. The artist’s work has been featured in international publications such as Vogue Singapore, Vogue Italia & L’Uomo, Elle Decor, Vice, and many more. He recently debuted his first art collection in the Hamptons.
MBSJQ– ‘Colorful Soul:’
The UK-based digital artist MBSJQ created this surreal NFT artwork for Freddie Mercury’s 75th birthday to honor his memory. He strives to create progressive, appealing, and futuristic compositions. His work stands out for its vivid colors, outer space, and surrealism. MBSJQ crafted ‘Colorful Soul,’ a striking piece of art that embodies Freddie Mercury’s vibrant and energetic personality. He created this unique work to raise money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the non-profit founded in Freddie Mercury’s memory to combat AIDS worldwide.
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