Freddie Peacock hates the term ‘multidisciplinary creative’ – but with all his accolades and mediums of expression, it fits the brief. In short, he’s “trying to do everything” – but right now, this involves trying to make “physical art cool again”. Focusing on painting as the main way in which he wants to showcase his art in recent months, the creative has started a collection of artworks called ‘London Series’, which he is constantly adding to.
When we caught up with him earlier this year, he named Ye, Bari and Virgil as the main creatives who inspire him. Now, he’s paying homage to the latter in that series, with a new piece entitled “WHO IS VIRGIL?”. For this project, Freddie is partnering with the artist charity organisation 4BYSIX, who give reclaimed London bus panels to artists to create pieces on – and then auction these pieces to help the disadvantaged.
For this project, Freddie has chosen to paint the late Virgil Abloh as a tribute to his life, work, and the influence that he has had on the next generation of creatives, Freddie included. In keeping with his previous work, which explores what makes the subject them, the painting maintains Freddie’s orthodox style and explores the life and career of Virgil through both blatant and hidden references within the painting.
From colour references to certain key pieces in Off-White and Louis Vuitton collections, to allusions to show set designs and some of Virgil’s signature design motifs, the painting takes some of the core symbols and references of Virgil’s career and life, spinning them into something fresh.
As part of the project, Freddie has also crafted a series of limited apparel pieces. Consisting of a limited supply of “WHO IS VIRGIL?” ‘Paint splatter’ tracksuits, these garments take the project to new heights, having been worn during different stages of the painting process. With the slogan sprayed on to the front of the tracksuit, the limited items will be available via his website, with all proceeds going to Virgil’s “Post-Modern” scholarship fund.
If you’re in London, and want to see the artwork in person, there’ll also be an exhibition on New Bond Street over the weekend. The painting will be exhibited alongside other works endorsed by ‘4BYSIX’, from Thursday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April.
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