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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Portrait of HappyCult

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Art: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac proves he doesn’t just make teddy-bear dresses

Perhaps better known for dressing Lady Gaga in a suit made entirely of plush Kermit the Frog teddy-bears, French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is also a talented artist, whose work was recently shown at the regrettably quite inaccessible Eden Rock Gallery in Saint Barthélemy. Luckily for those of you who don’t reside in Saint Barths, however, the whole exhibition was brilliantly digitised by the gallery, and can be viewed almost in its entirety online.

His paintings (like his clothes) favour primary colours, pop culture references and thick, divisive black lines, creating the emphatic and altogether playful character which pervades his work. Abstract and funny, it’s difficult not to find charm in his depictions of well known cartoon characters, striped shirt-clad chaps and his portraits.

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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Donna Bandiera

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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Portrait of HappyCult

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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Hollygan

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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Donna Bandiera

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Jean-Charles de Castebajac: Blanket (to JBC)