Tuesday, November 22, 2011

One Night of Queen - Gary Mullen (as Freddy Mercury)

Sunday evening I attended the "One Night of Queen" concert in Ostend, performed by Gary Mullen and his band The Works. Wow! What an experience.

Freddy Mercury by Ben Heine
The public, even those aged over 65 in the hall  rocked and rolled whipped up by the rock music of Queen, one of the greatest rock bands ever. (Yes, I'm a fan)

What has this to do with cartoons? Well, it made me think about caricature.

"A caricature is a portrait that exaggerates or distorts the essence of a person or thing to create an easily identifiable visual likeness. In literature, a caricature is a description of a person using exaggeration of some characteristics and oversimplification of others. (Wikipedia)"

In the world of cartoons, there are caricaturists. Many caricaturists exaggerate and distort. For that reason I won't link to Freddy Mercury caricatures. You'll find them easily on the web. Only few caricaturists (a bad word, in fact they are artists) , the great ones,  are able the pay a tribute to the persons they draw. Karl Meersman is one of those artists who can draw tribute 'caricatures' as I call some work.Another artist is Sebastian Kruger. Unfortunately I didn't find art of them concerning Queen or Freddy Mercury.
Another artist is Ben Heine. From him I found a Freddy Mercury art work.

Tribute art, I like the word. The show I saw wasn't a caricature at all of the great rock band Queen. No, it was a tribute performed by professionals, sounding professional and they hit the heart of the public. Congratulations to Gary Mullen and The Works!

Learn more:
One Night of Queen official site
Gary Mullen videos on YouTube

One of my favourite Queen songs:

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