Just a few weeks back, there was a story circulating around Reddit users painting… other Reddit users…holding pictures of… each other.

It was like some bizarre art version of Inception but it was excellent.

I thought that would be my favourite art-related article for a while but I think it may have already been usurped.

By this masterpiece.

Let me introduce you to Russian artist Olga Vishnevsky  – who goes by the nickname ‘Pepelangelo’.

For the past 2 years, ‘Pepelangelo’ has been painting Pepe the Frog, the internet’s favourite meme, in ways I never thought possible.

The little green critter originally appeared in a comic before getting picked up on platforms such as Myspace for meme-ification. For some reason, he was adopted by a controversial alt-right movement sometime in 2016 but his legend lives on.

Now Pepelangelo wants to change his image; to her, the character “is not a symbol of hate, but a symbol of peace, love and solidarity.”

She portrays Pepe in a number of glorious – and hilarious – ways on her Instagram page (@pepelangelo) and I really feel like you need to see them all.

Enjoy, internet folk.

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Welcome to the real world.

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Pepe is love Oil on canvas 80*60cm

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Neigh! Waiting for new orders!

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My tulpa

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Absolutely brilliant.

This is what the internet was made for.

If you want one of Olga’s masterpieces – which you do – you can purchase one on Etsy where they cost $15-$3,500.

Bargain.

Images via Instagram/@pepelangelo/Olga Vishnevsky