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Ed Sheeran Instagram post could identify anonymous Suffolk-based artist and philanthropist 'The Hat'




An Instagram post from September of last year has sparked a debate about the identity of a mystery artist.

Some striking similarities between an Ed Sheeran painting which appeared in the post, and works by an anonymous Suffolk artist known as ‘The Hat’ have caused some to wonder whether the Framlingham artist has an alter ego.

Sheeran posted in September to say: “Spent an entire month since tour ended painting, which I’ve never done before. Had so much fun doing this.”

Ed Sheeran. Photo: SWNS (39041431)
Ed Sheeran. Photo: SWNS (39041431)

This summer, paintings bearing a striking similarity to the one Sheeran was painting in his posted picture were donated to locations in Suffolk close to the singer and songwriter's Framlingham home.

The donations were accompanied by a note encouraging the recipients to auction the art and use the money for good causes, with one being given to Waveney food bank near Eye, which we reported on last week.

The notes were signed 'The Hat' - an anonymous artist whose website, which appears to have been created this year, describes him as a Suffolk based artist.

To add further intrigue, a message has appeared on the website of The Hat this week which claims a special painting has been given to a charity shop in Holt, and that hidden in the back are details which will reveal the identity of the mystery artist.

Among the artworks, are paintings named 'I'm A Star' and 'Out Me 'ead'

To compare the two artistic styles, you can find Ed Sheeran's Instagram post from September by clicking here and art created by The Hat by clicking here. and scrolling past the 'special painting.'

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