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This young painter is turning Kermit the Frog and the Cookie Monster into art

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Lisa Wright
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Kermit the Frog: an objectively lovable dude. He’s got a good heart, a passable singing voice and lord knows he loves that pig.

But have you ever looked at Kermit and seen something more? Something… beautiful?

If you’re London-based artist Sebastian Chaumeton, the answer seems to be yes. Because in his new show ‘Fuzzy Futures’ at Shepherd Market’s Maddox Gallery, the stars of the canvas aren’t your average models - they’re the fluff-and-felt favourites of childhood telly gone by.

The multimedia show – which features paintings, sculptures and a video installation – is, he says, a comment on meme culture, art history, social media, materialism and more. Thus, you get a reworking of Matisse’s ‘Dance’: the Kermit version, and ‘Hokusai’s Monster’ - a play on Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, with the added Cookie Monster.

So, if you’ve ever gazed at Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po and really appreciated their aesthetic potential, you’ve now got a friend in Sebastian. 

‘Fuzzy Futures’ runs from October 18 to November 5 and is free to enter.

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