A stunning six foot high portrait of rock legend Freddie Mercury is about to be unveiled in Shrewsbury.
The picture, which gives a Tudor twist to the former Queen front man, has been commissioned by Henry Tudor House, a restaurant, bar and music venue in the centre of town and is the latest in its collection of amazing artwork.
There are already portraits of some of the world’s most famous rock and roll names in the establishment, situated just off Wyle Cop.
Owner Graham Jenkins said that he was delighted with the new painting, created by Shrewsbury artist Adam Birch.
“It is an amazing piece of artwork which will shortly be gracing the walls of our bar, joining portraits of Amy Winehouse, John Lennon, Marc Bolan and Sid Vicious, who are all also painted in period style,” he said.
Graham explained that when he carried out an extensive refurbishment project on the historic half-timbered building he wanted to give it a contemporary feel and the paintings added a startling twist to its interior design.
“Henry Tudor House has developed into a thriving venue for some leading singers and bands and what better way to pay tribute to some of this country’s most renowned musicians than by portraying them with some Tudor style and swagger.
“The half-timbered interior of the premises has been carefully preserved and the décor complements its heritage but in a quirky way.
“Customers absolutely love the paintings…they look so authentic that people often do a double take when they realise the subjects are famous rock stars. We are sure the Freddie Mercury picture will cause quite a stir.
” Shrewsbury artist Adam, a graduate of Wolverhampton University, undertakes commissions all over the world from his studio in The Square and was short listed for the final selection of this year’s prestigious international BP portrait award.
He specialises in ecclesiastical work and has had commissioned portraits of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and is now working on commissioned portraits of the Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Luxembourg.
“I am very pleased with the way the Freddie Mercury painting has turned out. I have created him in the dark and stately manner of the Tudor aesthetic and included his famous lyrics ‘I want to break free’ in Latin scripture in the picture.”