“Since my second year of university I’ve been a bit of a ‘yes’ man, working freelance outside of classes. I started taking commissions wherever I could for experience sake, although it took me a while to value my art correctly”.

ART

THINKING MODERN: SEBASTIAN CHAUMETON

Words Madalena Hernandez

Photography courtesy of Maddox Gallery 

Reimagining his childhood whilst simultaneously poking fun at the modern world, London-based artist Sebastian Chaumeton uses nostalgic characters like Kermit the Frog and the Teletubbies, to fuse contemporary meme culture with art history. Chaumeton shares his story on why being a ‘yes’ man is what helped him secure his very own solo exhibition at Maddox Gallery, just months after graduating. 

It’s 5th August 2019 and I’m on my way to meet Chaumeton, an artist recently signed up by one of London’s most exciting contemporary art spaces, Maddox Gallery. It’s a scorching summer’s day (can I get a cheers for global warming – nope? Okay...), and asI limp across London in my one size too small cowboy boots, Chaumeton drops me a text, reminding me NOT to go to the wrong Maddox Gallery. Half an hour later, and there I am, standing with blistered feet outside – you guessed it – the wrong Maddox Gallery.  Red-faced and an uber fare lighter, I eventually arrive at the right place, where Chaumeton welcomes me into his basement workshop. He begins by talking me through his piece Kermit Overwhelming, a composition laced with tongue-in-cheek artistic allusions that most don’t spot first time; from Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, Rodin’s The Thinker, and Matisse’s The Dance, to Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass and Munch’s The Scream – it’s a case of Muppets meets Masters. 

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