ART’S NEW GENERATION WITH FREDDIE PEACOCK

ART’S NEW GENERATION WITH FREDDIE PEACOCK

by Sam Gunn
4 min
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Freddie Peacock is a driving force behind youthful creativity. A self-confessed ‘multidisciplinary creative’ who has garnered ties within music, fashion and culture, his work ranges from graphic to product design, as well as fine art. 

The teenager’s evolving channel of work has provided a foundation for the future, taking his initial addiction from art class into expanding possibilities. We spoke to Freddie to discuss his route into the artistic realm, his inspirations, and the hard-hitting advice he has to any other young creatives out there. 

Hi Freddie, could you introduce yourself & give us a little information about what you do?
What’s up, my name is Freddie and I’m a ‘multidisciplinary creative’. I hate that phrase. In truth, I try to do everything. My focus right now is on making physical art cool again. My long-term goal is to combine my work in as many creative fields as possible and take over the world with Elon.

What initially sparked your interest in art? Was this from a young age?
I would say that the feeling of getting completely lost in what I was doing in art classes at school is what sparked my passion and taught me that a classroom doesn’t necessarily have to have ‘walls’, that stuck with me. Whatever I was creating, from a very young age, I feel as though it was the freedom that art class provided me with that, I became addicted to, it was a form of escape from the confinements of the academic classes.

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Do you have any stand-out memories from when you were younger that come to mind when you were starting out in art?
Yeah, leading on from my initial addiction to art class, ironically, I was given a scholarship for art a few years later, in year 8 of school. That was cool.

How could you define your creativity? & Where does it stem from?
My definition of creativity would be, ‘the ability to achieve mental freedom’. I am most creative when I feel the same as when my 7-year-old self-did in that art classroom, detached from any distractions, yet at one with anything that could motivate or inspire me. In my opinion, it’s all about finding your zone. I enjoy working alone, with only the presence of specific music being played. Playing music that is written by people who have inspired me, with lyrics that I am deeply familiar with, feels as though the artists are communicating with me directly, like a ritual. This allows me to find a state of peace, freedom, and focus, in which I am able to act the most creatively. 

Who within the realms of art, fashion, music, and culture are you most inspired by? & Why?
Bari, Virgil, Kanye. Because…

In London, on a day-to-day basis I would say my friends, people I work with, and other artists definitely inspire me as well. Look at what the Motherlan boys have done, for example.

How do you think your work has evolved from the beginning up until now? Have you found your style as such?
I try and ensure that my ‘style’ is always evolving. I have never had an interest in creating/recreating things that already exist. My paintings are a representation of the non-tangible. My mind and my thoughts can’t be seen or understood anywhere clearer than through my work.

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Could you tell us about your collection ‘London Series’, what is it about? Where did the inspiration come from?
The ‘London Series’ is a continuous collection. It is my way of categorising the people that feature in my paintings who have influenced or inspired me in some way, that have come out of London. It’s a project that I want to keep adding to, almost like my own hall of fame.

Out of all your work, which have you grown to be most proud of, and why?
‘23’, is my favourite painting. Cench’s work as an artist, the story behind the painting, and the number itself, all hold sentimental value to me. I designed, painted, shot a trailer, and co-ordinated a playlist for the release of the painting, in under 3 days. You can find it in the mixtape booklet.

What advice would you give to other creatives out there?
Go harder.

What are your plans next? Do you have any other new projects you can share with us?
I want to continue expanding the possibilities of my painting releases within other fields, maybe fashion. I have a cool project with Seb and my boy Joey coming soon but, in the meantime, I just want to work out who Rico is.

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