Ed Sheeran with his new portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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You know you’re kind of a big deal when the National Portrait Gallery displays a portrait of you.

Ed Sheeran must be feeling like one hell of a big deal right now, because the gallery has just unveiled a fancy portrait of him, painted by Belfast-based artist Colin Davidson. 

But, people on Twitter seem to think that Ed’s portrait bears a strong resemblance to a Vincent van Gogh self-portrait. 

According to a statement from the gallery, the 4-foot-square oil painting is the result of an encounter between the artist and Ed Sheeran’s dad, John, who’s an art historian and curator. 

“He [Davidson] has shown the private me, which few people ever see. I like the way he’s contrasted the reflective moment with such energetic and expressive brushwork. You wouldn’t think they’d go together, but they do,” Sheeran said in a statement.

“He’s captured me thinking and feeling, which is extraordinary when you think he’s working with just some oils on a piece of linen,” Sheeran continued. 

As Sheeran excitedly shared the news on Twitter, fans were keen to point out the similarity between the singer and the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. 

Many fans said they thought Sheeran looked like Van Gogh. (Below, for reference.)

Self-Portrait, by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.

Self-Portrait, by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.

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Some thought the artist had just copied a Van Gogh self-portrait. 

Well, this is awkward.


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